Trevor Fisher Jnr is hunting his third victory on the Sunshine Tour this year as he heads into ThursdayÂs final round of the Nedbank Affinity Cup tied for the lead at the Lost City Golf Club.
On another hot day in the Pilanesberg, Fisher Jnr. signed for a 67 including four straight birdies to join Dean Burmester, who carded a 70, on eight under par.
TheyÂre one stroke clear of a group of players including Louis Calitz, Jared Harvey, Allan Versfeld and Grant Veenstra.
Another victory for Fisher Jnr would strengthen his position at fifth on the Sunshine TourÂs Order of Merit. And with some big events coming up over the next few weeks, he has his sights set on finishing first on the moneylist.
But amidst the myriad of swing thoughts that drift in and out of a professional golferÂs head, there is only one Fisher Jnr is clinging to at the moment.
ÂItÂs key just to keep calm, stay patient, and take it one shot at a time out there,Â he said. ThatÂs been the theme for Fisher Jnr. this year as heÂs tried to cut himself some slack on the fairways.
ÂI can be a bit hard on myself, so IÂm just trying to step back a bit and take it easy. IÂm well positioned on the Order of Merit, and you can put too much pressure on yourself in the big events coming up. If I can finish off the season nicely, who knows?Â
Burmester is also keenly aware of placing too much pressure on himself. He took a one-stroke lead into the second round, and was one over at the turn after admitting he tried a bit too hard to stretch that lead.
ÂI was a bit tense. ItÂs been a while since IÂve led a tournament, and I made a few mental mistakes. But IÂm still in contention,Â he said after a round which he closed off with a birdie and an eagle for a 70.
Behind them, Calitz has been a consistent threat with solid rounds of 68 and 69. Harvey has also indicted that despite being a rookie on the Tour, heÂs ready for a major victory. And but for a double bogey five on the eighth hole on his way to a 69, he could easily have been amongst the leaders.
Of them all, Fisher Jnr. certainly knows how to close off a tournament. But even he is doing his best to stay in the present. ÂThe final round is a new challenge, and weÂll see what it brings.Â
Article: Michael Vlismas