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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Oliver Fisher 'feels great' to card first 59 in European Tour history

Englishman taps in for par on final hole to complete astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and one eagle, after long birdie putt for 58 grazes edge of hole

Oliver Fisher celebrates with his scorecard after finishing with a round of 59, the first 59 scored on the European Tour. Getty Images
Oliver Fisher celebrates with his scorecard after finishing with a round of 59, the first 59 scored on the European Tour. Getty Images

Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour's 46-year history on a remarkable second day of the Portugal Masters on Friday.

The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle, after his long birdie putt for a 58 grazed the edge of the hole.

"It feels great, I started great and I kept it going," Fisher said. "Just pleased I two-putted from 40 feet on the final green."

Fisher, who was regarded as a possible future star as a teenage amateur, is ranked down at 287 in the world and had missed 11 cuts in his 22 previous events this season.

He also had to battle to save his tour card at the same tournament two years ago, but scaled heights that thousands of players had failed to reach before with his efforts on Friday.

"Two years ago I was on the same green just trying to keep my card, so I was keeping that in the back of my mind and trying to remember that it could be worse," he added.

Fisher's round gave him the clubhouse lead on 12-under for the tournament, with the majority of players still on the course.

Two other men had come close to the magical number at the Portugal Masters, with Scott Jamieson and Nicolas Colsaerts both missing putts to break 60 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

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