Last time he played the Lost City Golf Course, Trevor Fisher Jnr walked away with more than R3.6-million in prize money. And he started this week’s Nedbank Affinity Cup on the same course with a handy six-under-par 66.
Fisher had what he called his ‘life-changing’ win in the Investec Cup in March, taking the R1-million tournament and consequently heading up the final points table in the Chase to the Investec Cup. That gave him R3.5-milllion, the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool as well as his eighth Sunshine Tour victory.
“Look, it’s always nice to win, whatever you win,” said Fisher after the triumph. “Whether it’s a winter event on the Sunshine Tour or a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour is immaterial. It’s another notch on the belt and it gives you confidence. But this is really life-changing, no question about it. I’m so thrilled to win.”
So when he started out on his opening round in the Nedbank Affinity Cup, those memories must have come flooding back as he birdied the fourth hole and made an eagle three on the seventh. A bogey on the eighth temporarily slowed his progress as he turned in two-under 34, but four more birdies on his way in gave him his 66, which was one off the first round lead.
And the consecutive birdies on 17 and 18 gave him the kind of confidence boost ahead of his second round that will add to the confidence he already feels on a course which has already given him so much.