Tshwane Open. Fisher Catches The Lead. February 28 2014
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Ross Fisher came home in just 30 strokes to claim the halfway lead at the Tshwane Open, carding a round of -7 under par 65, for half-way total of -13 under par;
“It was pretty special, any time you can do that is very pleasing. I made a nice birdie on the start of the back side and then hit a lovely shot into 13 to about a foot and that really got me going. Eagling the par five was a huge bonus. It was a shame not to birdie eighteen, but it was nice to cosy that chip up stone dead and walk off seven under. I set high expectations for myself having got to seventeen in the world. I’ve gotten there before and I know I can get back, it’s just a case of working hard."
I’ve felt ready to win for a long time, it’s just trying to piece all departments of the game together on the same week. I’ve said it many times – the long game has been there for a long time and the putting has let me down. I’m really positive and looking forward to the weekend knowing that the long game is in shape and that I’m putting nicely.” “I haven’t won for a few years, even though I’ve played well. I’ve had chances and the putter has let me down for a number of tournaments and for quite some time now. To see the ball going in yesterday and holing some nice putts today gives me a lot of confidence and it all bodes well for a good weekend."
Second placed Morten Ørum Madsen, the South African Open Championship winner, carded seven birdies in a flawless second round 65 reaching -12 under par for the week;
“I got off to a great start this morning. Winning has calmed me down a little bit, just by knowing what to expect. It's hard to birdie every hole and you've got to deal with adversity well, because you're not going to play perfect golf for 72 holes. " “Whoever deals with the bad holes and bad shots the best is probably also the guy who's going to be on top come Sunday. I stayed patient in the beginning of my back nine and made a couple of birdies on six and seven, and then I saved a nice par on nine, so it was a nice way to finish. It's always fun to see your name up there on the leaderboard and that's what we play for. I practice to put myself in that position and to have a chance at the weekend is always great and it's something I really cherish.”
First round leader Simon Dyson maintained his bid for a seventh European Tour title with a second round of -4 under par 68, and is two shots back of the leader at -11 under par. He shares third spot with Carlos Del Moral.
Simon knew it was going to be a tough ask to card another really low round;
“It's always tough to follow a low score, because you always feel like you're losing ground on what you had the day before. I've been out here quite a while now and I knew there were plenty of chances to come today. I also knew that I was putting nicely, so I just stayed patient and hit good putts and eventually a few of them dropped.”