Fisher returns to winning ways at Tshwane Open
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[March 03, 2014]
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former Ryder
Cup player Ross Fisher returned to winning ways by triumphing in the
Tshwane Open on Sunday, seeing off a spirited challenge from Michael
Hoey to secure his first European Tour victory for four years.
The 33-year-old Englishman went into the last round five shots
ahead and carded a final round 70 to finish 20-under-par, three
shots clear of Northern Ireland's Hoey, who tied for second place
with South African Danie van Tonder.
Fisher led from the second round onwards at the Ernie Els-designed
Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate course but he needed much
fortitude in overcast conditions on the final day as Hoey closed the
gap to a single shot at the 11th with a birdie after an attacking
But the next hole saw Hoey double bogey for Fisher to go back three
ahead, from which point he never looked back.
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"It was a testing day with the weather conditions so I was thrilled
to get over line. My putting has been my Achilles heel for a while
but I saw the lines all this week and really did well," Fisher said
at the trophy presentation.
Hoey posted a final round 68, leaving him 17-under for his best ever
Tour finish and sharing second prize with Van Tonder, whose 66 was
the best round of the day.
(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Sam Holden;
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