Eyeing 2018 Ryder Cup already, Ross Fisher grabs 36-hole lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

Ross Fisher posted a second-day 68 to move one shot ahead at in Scotland.

Eyeing 2018 Ryder Cup already, Ross Fisher grabs 36-hole lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

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Eyeing 2018 Ryder Cup already, Ross Fisher grabs 36-hole lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

It’s almost two years away, but Ross Fisher is already thinking about the Ryder Cup. Well, if he can get 36 more holes like this on the weekend, he might be well on his way.

The Englishman followed an opening 65 with a seven-birdie 68 at St. Andrews’ Old Course to move to 11 under and take a one-shot lead halfway through at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

He finds himself directly in front of a pair of Swedes, as Joakim Lagergren (10 under, 66-68) and Alex Noren (9 under, 64-71) are his two closest pursuers.

Fisher played Kingsbarn Golf Club in Round 1, the Old Course on the second day and will finish out the three-course rotation at Carnoustie on Saturday before all remaining players return to the Old Course for the final round.

A five-time European winner, Fisher last won on the circuit in 2014. But more than breaking a win drought, the Englishman seems determined to represent Europe again.

As Fisher told Sky Sports, he is already thinking about the 2018 Ryder Cup.

“I’m sure all the Europeans will be fighting to make the team for Paris National in 2018, including myself. I would love to be there. Having experienced one they always say you never want to miss it,” said Fisher, a member of Europe’s victorious 2010 Ryder Cup team. “I’ve missed a few and I’ve always been really gutted but the form is feeling good and I just have to keep it going through the Ryder Cup (qualification) period and hopefully I’ll be on the team with some great guys and we can win the trophy back.”

While two years away, the 2018 Ryder Cup will be within early sight if Fisher can continue on this week.

He’ll start Saturday with a one-shot lead in a week where he’s already made an eagle and 12 birdies against three bogeys.

Tyrell Hatton sits fifth at 7 under. Thomas Pieters, a star of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team, is 6 under and tied for sixth through two rounds. The long-hitting Belgian drove the green on a 407-yard par 4 at Carnoustie on the first day.

– Information from Sky Sports was used in this report

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