"Rookie" Fisher makes Challenge cut after strong finish

Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:06pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LA QUINTA, California (Reuters) - Britain's Ross Fisher stormed home with a birdie-birdie finish to make the cut right on the number in the third round of the Humana Challenge on Saturday and was delighted to qualify for the final round on his PGA Tour 'debut'.

The 32-year-old Englishman, competing in his first PGA Tour event as a full member, rolled in an 18-footer at the par-three 17th and then two-putted at the par-five 18th to complete a five-under-par 67.

"It was a good, solid day," a beaming Fisher told Reuters after mixing seven birdies with two bogeys in dazzling sunshine on the Palmer Private course at PGA West to post a 10-under total of 206 in the pro-am celebrity event.

"I played good. I was three under through nine, made a sloppy bogey on 10 really but came straight back. I hit it to four feet on (the par-five) 11 but missed it for eagle so I was kind of kicking myself there.

"I gave myself a lot of chances coming in. I just couldn't quite get the ball to the hole."

Fisher, who booked his place on the 2013 PGA Tour by tying for second in the tour's qualifying school at La Quinta, had to end his round on a strong note after a careless bogey at the 14th put him three strokes outside the projected cutline.

"I really had to dig deep to make it," he said after going birdie-par-birdie-birdie over his last four holes. "To finish birdie-birdie to make it is obviously very pleasing.

"I'm just happy to make the cut in my first PGA Tour event as a member, on my PGA debut I suppose. A PGA Tour rookie at 32, as they call it. I don't know if I quite agree with that but it's nice to make the cut."   Continued...

Ross Fisher of England waits to putt on the 16th green during first round play in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch