European Tour

Portugal Masters 2018

September 20-23

Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

€2,000,000

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September 20-23

Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

€2,000,000

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Round 2

Historic 59 propels Fisher into contention in Portugal

September 21, 2018

Oliver Fisher recorded the first round of 59 in European Tour history as he took a share of the lead in round two of the Portugal Masters.

Historic 59 propels Fisher into contention in Portugal, © Getty Images

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In 46 years and over 690,000 rounds of golf nobody had ever gone lower than 60 on the European Tour but Fisher changed all that at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, making ten birdies and an eagle in his 12 under par round.

“It's a great feeling. It feels great to make history here in Portugal. It's a great tournament and it's great for the European Tour and obviously myself to shoot 59. I was chuffed with the day. When I went out I was at level par and trying to make the cut, and then shooting that... It was just a great day all round."

“I started the round really well with three birdies, and then managed to hole a bunker shot on the fifth, so I was five under through five. I missed a couple of chances on seven and nine, so I could have quite easily been out in nine under. I got on to a run around ten, 11, 12, so then I was thinking 59 was on the cards with 15 and 17 ahead of me."

“The big hole for me was 16. I hit a poor shot into the green and had a tough decision to make whether I chipped it or putted it. Went with the putter and left it a long way short and managed to hole a 20-footer for par. After that it was about hitting a couple of good drives on 17 and 18 which I did, and I just tried to enjoy it really."

After starting the day at level par his historic round took him to the top of the leaderboard alongside fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell and overnight leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Herbert carded a 67 with Pepperell going one better but the day belonged to Fisher, who could have gone one lower, but grazed the edge on the last when putting for a 58.

“I'm pretty satisfied, my game is in a good place generally I would say. I'm swinging pretty confidently," said Pepperell.

“Just for Matt (Wallace) not to get a fourth, that's all of the incentive I need to win. It's been great, I'm not one for rivalries or anything like that, but I do feel like this year with Matt he's pulling me along a bit and maybe at times I've pulled him along a bit, I don't know, he would have to say that, he's very driven. It's nice, I feel like we're at similar stages-ish in our careers you could argue. We're definitely on the up at the moment and it's always easier if there's another guy with you on that journey."

“We watched Fisher hole out on the last. It's brilliant and fitting in a way that it was Ollie. Honestly couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, a prodigious talent. I went up against him in Qatar and really enjoyed it, it would be great to do that again on Sunday here.”

Since the formation of the European Tour in 1972 there had been 19 rounds of 60, with David Llewellyn's in 1988 and Brandon Stone's earlier this summer sandwiching - among 14 others - two from Darren Clarke and one here in Valamoura from Scott Jamieson in 2013.

Fisher has now written his own chapter of European Tour history, and after having to fire a 64 here two years ago to keep his card, he admits it is an amazing feeling to be Mr 59.

“It's a very different feeling here in 2018 compared to what it was like back in 2016 I think. That was in the back of my mind. I got a great round going on that Sunday, and it was a matter of keeping things going on that day. I felt like I had done it before, so that was a good thing to look back on.”

Another Englishman in Matt Wallace is one shot off the lead at 11 under par, one clear of China's Li Haotong, Italian Renato Paratore and Frenchman Adrien Saddier. Ricardo Gouveia is the leading Portuguese player, recording a round of 66 to sit amongst a group of four players on nine under par.

“That one was big at the end," said Wallace. "I caught two really nasty lies. I felt like I had stepped up to hit the right shots and caught those lies and I've managed to hole a 25 footer for par so really happy."

“A little disappointed with the three putt on 17 after two really good shots but we're going to go to the range now and work on it as it hasn't been pretty the last few days."

“I don't think the 59 could have happened to a better player. He's been out here for so long, such a good ambassador for the European Tour. He's such a good player as well. It wasn't a surprise to any golfers who were sitting in the lunch room watching him go ten under through 12 or something like that.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
64
66
130
T1
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-12
63
67
130
T1
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-12
71
59
130
4
Matt Wallace
ENG
-11
64
67
131
T5
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-10
66
66
132
T5
Haotong Li
CHN
-10
65
67
132
T5
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
66
66
132
T8
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
66
67
133
T8
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-9
68
65
133
T8
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-9
67
66
133
T8
Shane Lowry
IRL
-9
64
69
133
T12
Ashun Wu
CHI
-8
70
64
134
T12
Gregory Havret
FRA
-8
70
64
134
T12
Kim Koivu
FIN
-8
66
68
134
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-8
66
68
134
T16
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-7
69
66
135
T16
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-7
69
66
135
T16
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
68
67
135
T16
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-7
67
68
135
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
66
69
135
T16
Pep Angles
ESP
-7
70
65
135
T16
Richard Sterne
RSA
-7
69
66
135
T16
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-7
68
67
135
T16
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
72
63
135
T25
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
66
70
136
T25
David Horsey
ENG
-6
68
68
136
T25
Gian-Marco Petrozzi
ENG
-6
66
70
136
T25
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-6
67
69
136
T25
Josh Geary
NZL
-6
68
68
136
T25
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
68
68
136
T25
Paul Dunne
IRL
-6
68
68
136
T25
Richard Bland
ENG
-6
68
68
136
T25
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
66
70
136
T25
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-6
67
69
136
T25
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-6
68
68
136
T36
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
67
70
137
T36
David Howell
ENG
-5
66
71
137
T36
George Coetzee
RSA
-5
67
70
137
T36
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
68
69
137
T36
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-5
69
68
137
T36
Jason Norris
AUS
-5
67
70
137
T36
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-5
72
65
137
T36
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-5
69
68
137
T36
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
69
68
137
T36
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
-5
71
66
137
T36
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
68
69
137
T36
Ross Fisher
ENG
-5
68
69
137
T36
Ross McGowan
ENG
-5
70
67
137
T36
Sam Locke
SCO
-5
68
69
137
T36
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-5
68
69
137
T36
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
68
69
137
T52
Chris Wood
ENG
-4
72
66
138
T52
Clement Sordet
FRA
-4
74
64
138
T52
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
69
69
138
T52
David Lipsky
USA
-4
69
69
138
T52
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
68
70
138
T52
Johan Edfors
SWE
-4
68
70
138
T52
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
70
138
T52
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
68
70
138
T52
Ricardo Santos
POR
-4
71
67
138
T52
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
70
68
138
T52
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
70
68
138
T52
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-4
69
69
138
T64
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
71
68
139
T64
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-3
73
66
139
T64
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
67
72
139
T64
Chris Hanson
ENG
-3
67
72
139
T64
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
70
69
139
T64
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-3
69
70
139
T64
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-3
70
69
139
T64
JC Ritchie
RSA
-3
69
70
139
T64
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
69
70
139
T64
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
70
69
139
T64
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-3
71
68
139
T64
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
75
64
139
T64
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
73
66
139
T64
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
67
72
139
T64
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
72
67
139
T64
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
69
70
139
T64
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
70
69
139
T64
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Hunter Stewart
USA
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
74
66
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Tomas Silva
POR
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
67
75
142
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
75
67
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Angel Cabrera
ARG
1
74
69
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
1
70
73
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
1
74
69
143
CUT
Jack Munro
AUS
1
75
68
143
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
73
70
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
1
73
70
143
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
1
73
70
143
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
1
74
69
143
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
69
74
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
1
73
70
143
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
2
73
71
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
70
74
144
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
70
74
144
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
2
70
74
144
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
2
71
73
144
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
POR
2
72
72
144
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
72
73
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
71
74
145
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
3
72
73
145
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
3
71
74
145
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Tiago Cruz
POR
3
74
71
145
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
4
76
70
146
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
72
74
146
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
5
71
76
147
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
5
76
71
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
5
69
78
147
CUT
Vitor Lopes
POR
5
73
74
147
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Joao Carlota
ESP
6
74
74
148
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
74
74
148
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
6
72
76
148
CUT
Joao Ramos
POR
7
74
75
149
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
70
80
150
CUT
Afonso Girao
POR
11
78
75
153
CUT
Tiago Rodrigues
POR
11
79
74
153
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
POR
11
78
75
153
RET
Michael Jonzon
SWE
Par
78
-
78
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
66
130
T1
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-12
67
130
T1
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-12
59
130
4
Matt Wallace
ENG
-11
67
131
T5
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-10
66
132
T5
Haotong Li
CHN
-10
67
132
T5
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
66
132
T8
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
67
133
T8
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-9
65
133
T8
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-9
66
133
T8
Shane Lowry
IRL
-9
69
133
T12
Ashun Wu
CHI
-8
64
134
T12
Gregory Havret
FRA
-8
64
134
T12
Kim Koivu
FIN
-8
68
134
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-8
68
134
T16
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-7
66
135
T16
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-7
66
135
T16
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
67
135
T16
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-7
68
135
T16
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
69
135
T16
Pep Angles
ESP
-7
65
135
T16
Richard Sterne
RSA
-7
66
135
T16
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-7
67
135
T16
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
63
135
T25
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
70
136
T25
David Horsey
ENG
-6
68
136
T25
Gian-Marco Petrozzi
ENG
-6
70
136
T25
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-6
69
136
T25
Josh Geary
NZL
-6
68
136
T25
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
68
136
T25
Paul Dunne
IRL
-6
68
136
T25
Richard Bland
ENG
-6
68
136
T25
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
70
136
T25
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-6
69
136
T25
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-6
68
136
T36
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
70
137
T36
David Howell
ENG
-5
71
137
T36
George Coetzee
RSA
-5
70
137
T36
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
69
137
T36
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-5
68
137
T36
Jason Norris
AUS
-5
70
137
T36
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-5
65
137
T36
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-5
68
137
T36
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
68
137
T36
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
-5
66
137
T36
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
69
137
T36
Ross Fisher
ENG
-5
69
137
T36
Ross McGowan
ENG
-5
67
137
T36
Sam Locke
SCO
-5
69
137
T36
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-5
69
137
T36
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
69
137
T52
Chris Wood
ENG
-4
66
138
T52
Clement Sordet
FRA
-4
64
138
T52
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
69
138
T52
David Lipsky
USA
-4
69
138
T52
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
70
138
T52
Johan Edfors
SWE
-4
70
138
T52
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
70
138
T52
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
70
138
T52
Ricardo Santos
POR
-4
67
138
T52
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
68
138
T52
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
68
138
T52
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-4
69
138
T64
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
68
139
T64
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-3
66
139
T64
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
72
139
T64
Chris Hanson
ENG
-3
72
139
T64
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
69
139
T64
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-3
70
139
T64
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-3
69
139
T64
JC Ritchie
RSA
-3
70
139
T64
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
70
139
T64
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
139
T64
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-3
68
139
T64
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
64
139
T64
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
66
139
T64
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
72
139
T64
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
67
139
T64
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
70
139
T64
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
139
T64
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
69
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
70
140
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
-2
72
140
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
71
140
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
-2
72
140
CUT
Hunter Stewart
USA
-2
70
140
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
69
140
CUT
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
67
140
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
69
140
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-2
72
140
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
-2
70
140
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
-2
69
140
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
71
140
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
66
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
70
141
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
69
141
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-1
69
141
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
73
141
CUT
Tomas Silva
POR
-1
73
141
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
73
141
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
71
142
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
Par
71
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
69
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
74
142
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
75
142
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
73
142
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
69
142
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
Par
72
142
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
67
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
70
142
CUT
Angel Cabrera
ARG
1
69
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
1
73
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
1
69
143
CUT
Jack Munro
AUS
1
68
143
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
70
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
73
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
1
72
143
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
1
70
143
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
1
70
143
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
1
69
143
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
74
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
1
70
143
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
2
71
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
144
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
74
144
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
2
71
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
2
74
144
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
2
73
144
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
POR
2
72
144
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
71
145
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
73
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
74
145
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
3
73
145
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
75
145
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
3
74
145
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
3
74
145
CUT
Tiago Cruz
POR
3
71
145
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
4
70
146
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
4
72
146
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
74
146
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
5
76
147
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
5
71
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
73
147
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
5
78
147
CUT
Vitor Lopes
POR
5
74
147
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
6
73
148
CUT
Joao Carlota
ESP
6
74
148
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
74
148
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
6
76
148
CUT
Joao Ramos
POR
7
75
149
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
80
150
CUT
Afonso Girao
POR
11
75
153
CUT
Tiago Rodrigues
POR
11
74
153
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
POR
11
75
153
RET
Michael Jonzon
SWE
Par
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