Fisher is in a tie for 18th place after a 68 yesterday, this leaves him 5 strokes off third place and a good finish today could easily see him register a top ten placing. He was heading for a low round of the day, before driving out of bounds on the 17th hole yesterday, Fisher hit the ball well, but the wind suddenly died on him, resulting in a double bogey. However, he showed tremendous heart and character to immediately bounce back with a birdie at the last.
In post round interviews Ross was very angry about the 17th hole, but remained upbeat and claimed to be swinging the club as well as at any other time this year. He has already recorded a top ten in the BMW International in the last month and a runners up spot in the Scottish Open just last week, so is clearly in great form. Fisher proved himself on the world stage last year with at least a top 30 place in all four majors, including a 5th in the US Open and 13th in the Open, he also won the very prestigious Volvo Matchplay event and recorded a top 4 finish in the WGC Matchplay, so head to head, no one is going to worry him.
Many bookmakers have opened a book without leaders Oosterhuizen and Casey and I have seen Fisher priced up as high as 80-1 in this market which each way, equates to 16-1 for the place part alone, for effectively a top six finish, that is a working mans price and could provide a bumper payout, but I will suggest something a little less adventurous.
Fisher is 5.50 on the exchanges to reach the top ten and quoted at odds against across the board to win his two ball (with the tie) against Camilo Villegas, although the draw no bet option at a shade of odds on with Pinnacle Sports appeals slightly more. He is a golfer playing very close to the top of his game and if the early part of his round goes well, this birdie machine ( 6 yesterday, 7 on thursday) could really press for a top 6-7 place.
1.13 units Fisher to beat Villegas -113 Pinnacle..... or with the tie 2.14 on exchanges.
1 unit Fisher top ten 5.50 exchanges ........ 4.80 + is acceptable.
That will be it for today, I do have one strong idea for the football, but do not want to post it on the blog for the usual reasons. Please check back later in the week.