Two strokes, and a total of 275 (-13) in Sunday’s Czech Open in Ostrava, led to the maiden victory of Englishman Oliver Fisher in the European Tour.
The 22-year old Fisher became 5the youngest-ever Briton to earn a European Tour spot in 2006 when he turned professional at the age of 18.
At second place was Mikael Lundberg of Sweden with a 69 followed by Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay with a superb final round of 66.
Steven O’Hara topped the leaderboard when Fisher started the final round level but he slumped to a closing 75. Lundberg’s challenge was held off by Fisher, securing a victory with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-five 17th hole.
Fisher showed some i8mprovement in recent events in Ireland and Sweden but he missed 20 of his first 21 cuts this season making this victory quite a surprise.
“Getting your first win is obviously special, especially as I’ve struggled so far this season. My form has been horrific, but golf’s a funny game,” Fisher told the official European Tour website.
“I went through a lot of different emotions out there today. I hit it well on the range this morning, so that gave me confidence,” added Fisher.
Fisher only made four cuts but he defied his poor form when he carded two birdies in the Tour’s final three holes. With six birdies in three-under-par 69 including a telegraph pole shot, he claimed a two-stroke victory versus Lindberg.
“After the year that I’ve had it’s a relief…It just shows what the game of golf can do — how bad it can be and how great it can be,” Fisher told reporters at the Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna.
“To finally have won it feels like now I’m there. I’ve proven to myself I can win.”
With this win, Fisher will move from 507th into the top-250 of the world rankings.