He came third in last year’s Dimension Data Pro-Am, and Trevor Fisher Jnr is once again in position to challenge for the title as he starts Sunday’s final round in a share of second on 12-under-par, two off the pace-setting Adilson Da Silva.
The 34-year-old Modderfontein professional has won seven times on the Sunshine Tour, with his last victory coming in November 2012 when he won the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
He had some serious tilts at some of the biggest crowns in South Africa in 2013, with top-10s in the Joburg Open, the Telkom PGA Championship, the Investec Cup, the Cape Town Open and the South African Open Championship in addition to that third in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
And so he finds himself back on the Montagu course at Fancourt after solid rounds on each of Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links at Fancourt in pursuit of the kind of title some European Tour players have been saying for years he should be able to win easily.
It will be about converting the start he has got – two-under on Outeniqua, and a pair of five-unders on The Links and Montagu – into a final round which complements the hard work he has done to get himself into position.
“I’ve got the rhythm going this week,” he said. “It’s been on and off a bit. This game is a funny game. It’s always tough to win. I just want to try and have the same feeling that I had in the third round, and if I win, I win. But I’m going to be putting my head down and trying my best out there.”
His start in 2014 has been inauspicious, with missed cuts in the Joburg Open and the Africa Open, but his play at Fancourt has indicated he’s back in the kind of form that cam get him his eighth title – and his first ‘big’ one.
“I hit the ball really well in the third round, and if I can carry that over into the final round, I think I’ll have a good chance,” he said. “I’m putting really well, driving the ball nicely. You’ve got to shoot some good iron shots to give yourself a chance.
“For me, it’s all about timing and rhythm. If I get a bit quick, then I start hitting one or two bad shots. I hit a few in the third round, when I was a little bit quick from the top. If I can keep my rhythm nice in the final round, walk slowly and do everything slowly, maybe I’ll win.”