The 35-year-old broke through with a superb performance at the Africa Open in March, where he claimed a maiden European Tour title. From Thursday at Genzon Golf Club he’ll get an idea of just how much that means as he joins a field that includes Bubba Watson, Matteo Manassero and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Fisher ranks 26th in the Race to Dubai and will draw on his victory at the Africa Open, along with his eight other Sunshine Tour titles, as he aims to impress.
“I would like to get into the top 60 on the Race to Dubai, that’s my goal for the year. I’m really chuffed with what I’ve done and where I’m lying, it’s amazing!” he said.
It has been a long road to the European Tour for the Edenvale local, but the winner’s category he has ensures entry into every event outside the World Golf Championships and the majors.
“It’s just planning now, which is a nice problem to have. It’s quite a mission to get all your visas sorted and all the travelling. It’s quite expensive, but we’re spending pounds to make pounds and hopefully we can make more than we spend,” he laughed.
His outlook has changed dramatically since lifting the silverware at East London Golf Club and during his preparation for the event it was about going through the motions.
“I try not to put pressure on myself, if I miss the cut so be it, if I win, I win. I’ll come out and try to stay in the moment. I don’t worry about what guys are saying or what they expect of me. Let’s see what happens at the end of the week,” he said.