Fleetwood one off the pace in Spain

SOUTH Africa’s Trevor Fisher Jnr overcame limited preparation to claim the first round lead at the Open de España with a seven under par 65 at Real Club de Golf El Prat as Lancashire’s Tommy Fleetwood was in a three-way tie for second place a shot behind.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD

TOMMY FLEETWOOD

After a long flight from Johannesburg on Monday, Fisher only managed nine holes of practice on Tuesday before walking the rest of the course during the pre-tournament pro-am.

However, that did not prevent the World Number 172 from carding eight birdies and just one bogey.

Fleetwood had two eagles and three birdies as he looks to remain inside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 60 after next week’s BMW PGA Championship in order to qualify for next month’s US Open.

He said: “I was gutted to miss out on the Masters but at the moment my golf is in a good place so I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep going.

“I did not play well in the pro-am on Wednesday then did some good work on the range and came out in the morning and hit it really good. I did not miss many fairways and it was just a case of holing a few putts.

“The greens are tricky and we had to make the most of them. Having the conditions like we did you had to go out and try to make a score.”

Meanwhile, Fleetwood’s former Lancashire team-mate Jack Senior, is one shot adrift of Ruaidhri McGee in the Challenge Tour’s Made in Denmark Challenge at Royal Copenhagen.

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