The third in a series of profiles of the top 10 players on the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit:
No. 8 – Trevor Fisher Jnr
It was not his best year on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit – that came last year when he finished fourth – but Trevor Fisher Jnr will look back on 2013 with a great deal of affection.
His winnings of R1,367,186.91 came in the year he got married and his first child was born, and that money came from just 18 tournaments as opposed to the 21 it took him to amass his 2012 total.
While his 2012 season glittered with three victories, he wasn’t able to turn any of the seven top-10s he achieved in 2013 into a win, with his best finish coming with his third place in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
He took a pair of good runs at titles in the Joburg Open and the South African Open Championship. In the Joburg Open – which seems to be the tournament co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour he’s most likely to win – he closed with a frustrating two-over-par 74 when the title seemed to be his for the taking after his stunning second-round 62 had catapulted him into contention.
He’s finished second in that tournament before, it’s given him his highest cheque as a professional, and it’s easy to imagine he will get it all together at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington some time soon.
In the South African Open, he put some frustration at a poor one-over-par 73 in the third round behind him, and he scorched to a closing 64 – a round which included a bogey at 17 while Denmark’s’ Morten Orum Madsen marched to victory.
While he will not be happy that he was unable to convert trips to the European Tour Qualifying School and the Web.com Tour Qualifying School into cards on either of those tours, but it’s entirely possible that he’ll earn European exemption in 2014 with a win in a co-sanctioned event in South Africa.