Fisher claims Czech Open


CELADNA, Czech Republic – Oliver Fisher of England won the Czech Open on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69 to finish two strokes ahead of Mikael Lundberg of Sweden to earn his first European Tour victory.

Fisher totaled 13-under 275 at Prosper Golf Resort to improve on his previous best result of two runner-up finishes.

“It’s been a tough year,” said the 22-year-old, who has made only fourth cuts this year. “It’s massive to win here. … Getting your first win is obviously special, but especially as I’ve struggled so far this season. My form has been horrific, but golf’s a funny game. Hopefully this is the start of big things for me.”

Starting the round even with Steven O’Hara, Fisher had consecutive birdies on the seventh, eighth and ninth holes. He had three bogeys on the back nine, but offset that with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th to keep the lead.

“I went through a lot of different emotions out there today,” Fisher said. “I hit it well on the range this morning, so that gave me confidence. I played the front nine really well, then got a bit unlucky on the tenth. After that, the wheels started to fall off a little bit.”

Lundberg, chasing his third victory, also shot a 69. Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay (66) was third at 279, a shot ahead of Gary Boyd of England (72).

O’Hara collapsed on the back nine with four bogeys, including the last three holes, in a 75. He finished equal fifth with fellow Scot David Drysdale, England’s Steve Webster and Lorenzo Gagli of Italy at 281.