Ross Fisher misses out on 59 at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 08/10/17 7:45pm
Ross Fisher admitted to feeling mixed emotions after narrowly missing out on European Tour history on his way to setting a new course record at St. Andrews.
Fisher fired 11 birdies on his way to an 11-under 61 during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, breaking the previous course record of 62 on his way to a runner-up finish.
The Englishman threatened to become the first player in European Tour history to shoot a sub-60 round when he got to 11 under with three holes to play, but failed to add further birdies along the closing stretch.
"I'm gutted I missed that one at the last, but it was one of those days," Fisher told Sky Sports. "I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew obviously I was playing for second because Tyrrell was almost too far in front.
"I got off to a fast start and managed to make some good putts early on. I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts. They were going in and I didn't want it to end."
Beginning the day eight shots off the pace, Fisher followed four consecutive birdies from the second with a hat-trick of gains from the seventh to reach the turn in 29.
Fisher racked up four more birdies from the 12th to close the gap on eventual winner Tyrrell Hatton, with pars at the 16th and 17th leaving a final-hole eagle required to card a sub-60 round.
The world No 45 landed his tee shot at the driveable par-four just off the green and putted uphill to five feet, only to miss the birdie putt for a 60 and finish with a par.
"At the home of golf, I wanted to try and give that putt on the last a try for 59 and it just came up a bit shy," Fisher added.
"Unfortunately I didn't hit a great (birdie) putt, so unfortunately had to settle for a 61 - but I would definitely have taken it."