The invisible men
Friday, August 14, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – A great deal has been made about the many players who have exhibited vanishing acts this season. Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Padraig Harrington (before these last two weeks, anyway) ... each has seen his sub-par season well-chronicled.
If you're looking for a player who has really emerged from the shadows, however, look no further than Englishman Ross Fisher, who sits at 3-under 141 through two rounds at Hazeltine National (and that was after a bogey-bogey finish on Friday).
Fisher opened and closed strongly at Augusta (bookend 69s) in tying for 30th, was a big factor down the stretch at the U.S. Open (T-5) and led the Open Championship through 58 holes before being derailed by a bad drive into heavy rough that led to a quadruple-bogey 8. He eventually shot 75 and tied for 13th.
"One bad swing probably cost me the Open," he said.
Of course, he also was playing at Turnberry with the added pressure that he could become a first-time father at any moment. His wife, Jo, was due any time, but Fisher soldiered on, never getting that call that would have ended his Open in an instant.
"She managed to hold on," Fisher said Friday at Hazeltine. "Unfortunately, I didn't."
Jo Fisher ended up going 10 days beyond her due date before delivering a daughter, Eve, on July 25.
Get used to Fisher. He'll be a lock for Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup squad in Wales next year.