By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Two years ago at the British Open, Ross Fisher found himself in a somewhat precarious position. He was one shot off the lead after three rounds at Turnberry but earlier in the week had said he’d walk off the course if his wife went into labor with the couple’s first child.
Fisher shot 75 the nxt day and tumbled into a tie for 13th, and his wife didn’t give birth until the following weekend.
Fast forward to the opening round at Augusta National. Fisher is in a similar situation near the top of the leaderboard after a 3-under 69 Thursday and with his wife due to give birth to a second child next week.
There’s a long way to go in this tournament, and while Fisher has no plans to leave this time he has again put himself in contention at a major championship.
Two years ago, Fisher actually had a share of the lead at some point in all four majors.
Thursday, he looked to be headed toward a really low round with five birdies over his first nine holes to make the turn in 3 under. Fisher got it to 4 under with another on the par-4 11th before giving one back with a bogey on No. 17, where he pulled his tee shot into the trees and was forced to lay up.
“Anytime you an make five birdies on the front nine it’s very pleasing,” said Fisher, who was in the first group out Thursday. “At the same time, I’m walking off a little disappointed.”
Up until Thursday, this season has mostly been disappointing for Fisher. In three stroke-play starts on the PGA TOUR, his best finish was a tie for 51st at last week’s shell Houston Open. At the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, he was knocked out in the second round.
Fisher did, however, finish 10th in Dubai earlier this season and he’s hoping this time things turn out a little differently than the 2009 British Open.
“Hopefully it’s not like last time,” Fisher said. “She hung on and I didn’t.”