Fisher leading South African in Mauritius chase

30th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Fisher leading South African in Mauritius chase

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Fisher leading South African in Mauritius chase

Trevor Fisher Jr signed for an untainted six-under-par 66 in round two of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open to total nine-under for the tournament and become the highest-placed South African going into the weekend at Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita.

Still in the recovery process from his lower-back injury, Fisher was pleased to get through another round without any pain and while he’s here to compete for nothing less than the honour of being crowned champion, he will not pressure himself in any way to achieve that.

“I feel good,” he said on Friday. “I mean, I’ve shown signs of improving when I up-and-down. The last six months, one or two good rounds, and one or two bad rounds. So, it’s been there and thereabouts but I think this week I’ve just tried to get stronger on my mental side, a bit more confident, and a bit easier on myself at the end and it seems to be going okay.”

Starting from the 10th tee on Friday, Fisher opened his round with a birdie and two pars later, he made an eagle which was followed by another birdie on his sixth hole, the 15th of the golf course.

“I actually pulled my driver a little left,” he said about his eagle, “it wasn’t the best drive. I hit a rescue, just over the flag and I was about three or four yards, just off the green, and I had a great putt. It went in with a bit of speed and I was happy it found the hole.”

He trails the leading Kurt Kitayama by five shots after the American backed up his opening 65 with another seven-under-par round to take his tally to 14-under-par for the week at Anahita.

Kitayama’s opening birdie on day two was soon threatened by the double-bogey he made on the par-five second hole but that was just a small glitch in the machinery that was his hot putter. He soon forgot about that double and made four birdies, one after the other, while making pars from the seventh through to the ninth to turn in 33.

“I started with a birdie and then just had a little blunder at two,” said Kitayama after his round. “I got back on track straight right after so it was nice to bounce back after a double. I’m driving it well which is making it a lot easier. It’s a pretty big advantage to be able to hit shorter irons in. I’m feeling pretty comfortable.”

Other South African players who will be happy with their positions going into the weekend include the in-form Justin Harding, Oliver Bekker and Merrick Bremner with all three players sitting on eight-under for the week in Mauritius.

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