Fisher somehow maintained his lead after the third day at the Irish Open in Killarney returning to the clubhouse with a 71 in hand.
The Englishman had been leading the event by three shots heading into the third day which looked promising with four birdies in the front nine. This was reduced after a disappointing double bogey on the 8th and another two bogeys on the back nine left him with a reduced, by still intact, final day lead.
“It was a tough day,” said Fisher, after an impressive 61 yesterday. “Unfortunately I tripped up on eight and obviously I’m disappointed to do ten shots worse today.
“I feel like I am still swinging great and holing putts. I just hope that I can go out there tomorrow and try and put today’s round to the back of my mind. I’m still the man to catch.”
The Italian Molinari impressed by hitting 17 greens in regulation with a round of 69 to join Chris Wood on 11 under par and one stroke off the pace. Woods keeps himself in contention with a round of 66 including five consecutive birdies on the front nine coupled with a birdie and a bogey on the back nine. An impressive event so far for the Englishman who hit a fantastic 65 in the second round.
Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had looked the likely partner for Fisher on the final day but sliced an approach shot out of bounds on the final hole to finish with a double bogey six. He will head into the final day still in contention on 10 under, two strokes off the pace.