Fisher survives visa scare, in hunt at BMW Masters


The global player faces plenty of peril: jet lag, food poisoning, lost luggage and equipment. And, each week it seems, the dreaded visa issue. It was Ross Fisher's turn to experience the latter ahead of this week's BMW Masters in Shanghai, China.

Fisher competed in last week's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, at Sheshan International, tying for third place. Trying to continue his good play this week at nearby Lake Malaren Golf Club, the Englishman ran into problems. This, according to the Associated Press:

Fisher, who had six birdies and no bogeys in his round of 66, almost didn't play this week after receiving only a 10-day visa from the Chinese government before last week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

He said he was turned away when he tried to extend the visa at the Shanghai Entry-Exit Bureau on Monday, but was finally successful after receiving an 11th-hour letter from local sports officials supporting the extension.

''There were a lot of papers flying around, there were a lot of phone calls, emails being sent,'' he said. ''To say it was a stressful buildup to today would be an understatement. There were times when I was thinking I might be booking a flight to go home.''

Fisher is currently 15th in the Race to Dubai, with one event remaining after this week.