Oliver Fisher is the 1st round leader of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club.
Oliver fired in a first round -7 under par 65 to lead at the end of the first day in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters tournament.
Oliver said he had played well in the wind, giving himself a lot of chances;
“I played nicely today. It was a little bit breezy and I felt like I controlled my golf ball.”
“I played well and gave myself a lot of chances so it was a good round.”
“It’s a great field like last week. I’m out there giving it my all every time until the last shot, and hopefully when I add them up at the end of the day and it’s a good run.”
Four players are tied on second place at -6 under par, Bernd Weisberger, James Morrison, George Coetzee and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Rafa produced six birdies in his flawless round, and he was obviously very happy with the way he played today;
“I’m very pleased and happy with the way I played, and looking forward to tomorrow and the weekend.”
“I had a good stretch from the 16th all the way through to the second, which for me are the birdie holes where you can go low. I managed to do that with three birdies there, and just kept playing solid till I got home.”
In a very tightly compacted leaderboard there are no less than 11 players tied in the sixth position at -5 under par. Darren Fichardt, Branden Grace, Alejandro Cañizares, Moritz Lampert, Byeong-hun An, Kristoffer Broberg, Alex Noren, Mark Foster, Emiliano Grillo and Ernie Els are all in close contention.
Ernie explained it was poor putting that made him grumpy guy, but now he is used to the conventional length putter he is much happier;
“For such a long time, I’ve been quite a grumpy guy, I’m actually not a grumpy guy. I’m quite a happy guy, but when you’re not making putts, you can’t help yourself. You can’t play the game if you’re not making any putts.”
“So today I didn’t hit it that well with the irons but got the ball up-and-down. I’m not feeling so tense and afraid of those short putts. We can play golf again.”