A week off is an unusual way to prepare for the most important few weeks of the year, but for Trevor Fisher Jnr, it’s exactly what he needs ahead of next week’s Turkish Airlines Open which kicks off The European Tour’s season-ending Final Series on October 29.
The 36-year-old won his maiden European Tour title when he closed with a superb 64 to take the Africa Open in March, and it might have made some sense to follow up his share of third in last week’s Portugal Masters with another week of tournament play at the Hong Kong Open – especially since that performance lifted him to 61st on The Race to Dubai.
“Being on the road for three, four, five weeks away from home… that’s too hard for me,” he said after his Portugal performance left him 10 shots off the pace of a high-flying South African Open champion Andy Sullivan.
“I’ve got a week off next week, spending some time with my family at home. I need to see my little boy and girl, and three weeks is really as long as I like to go away,” he said. “It’s a lot of flying, but I hope I’ll be ready for Turkey.”
Not taking the opportunities presented in Hong Kong is something of a risk: At 61st, he’s outside the top 60 who get to play the finale of The European Tour year in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on November 19, and another good performance would have taken him inside that mark.
“Obviously, all the guys are trying to get into that,” he said. “It’s my first year out on The European Tour, and it’s been a great year – winning the Africa Open – and if I can get into Dubai, I’ll be very happy, but the finish in Portugal takes the pressure off a little bit. I don’t have to go crazy in Turkey.
“And I hope I get into the WGC-HSBC Champions in China as well, which would really be good. I’m looking forward to these next few events.”
The Portugal finish means he has got his debut European season back on track after the great start – the win, a share of fourth and three other solid finishes in South Africa were followed by a best showing in stroke play of just a share of 22nd in Spain and a share of 17th in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.
But the week at home with his family might just be the tonic he needs to keep the performance trajectory on an upward curve.