Ross Fisher starts fast in the 2015 Race To Dubai, leading the Nedbank Challenge in the first round at the Gary Player Country Club, in South Africa.
Ross fired a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the Nedbank Challenge at the end of the day in South Africa, with a two shot advantage. He made the most of the reachable par fives;
“I think the par fives are all scoreable. They are all reachable, but you’ve still got to hit two good shots. So par fives are quite key, but again, there are more scoreable holes out there.”
“There’s quite a lot of short par fours where if you get your driver in good position, you’ve got short irons into the greens, and the greens are putting well.”
“So as long as you can read the putts well, there’s definitely some scoreable holes out there. I felt like I drove it really well. I didn’t miss many fairways.”
“Everyone’s got their own way of playing this golf course. You can’t really be too overly aggressive, but my style of golf, I like to hit driver a lot because I feel like I hit it quite long and I do generally hit it pretty straight.”
There is a three-way tie for second place at -4 under par, local man George Coetzee shares the place with Marcel Siem and Alexander Levy at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
Marcel provided the most remarkable shot of the day for the watching gallery. Using an eight iron, his 183 yard approach to the par four 17th deflected off the right edge of the green, and then spun into the hole for an eagle that won the him a Volvo V40 T5;
“It’s not the best golf shot at all for me in my career. I tried to draw it in and it stayed straight and hit the fringe and had a firm bounce to the left. It was really cool to hole that one.”
George was playing alongside Ross Fisher, saying they fed off each other;
“I’m sure we fed off each other. I’m sure he’s grateful for me, too.”
Stephen Gallacher, European Tour 2014 Rookie of the Year Brooks Koepka and Miguel Angel Jiménez, who was the first player to tee off on the second longest course in European Tour history, are in a group of six players on -2 under par, Miguel had this to say
“I’m the oldest guy in the field, probably the guy who played more years. Now I start my 27th season today on the first tee. It’s nice to make the first shot of the season.”