Englishman Ross Fisher has secured the Irish Open with a two shot lead over Padraig Harrington after a poor start on the opening day.
Fisher carded a 65 on the final day which was enough to see off competition from Harrington who made a late surge with a 64. Both competitors are still vying for a Ryder Cup spot and this victory takes Fisher into the automatic spots for the European team.
The final day saw Fisher match the tournament record on 18 under which is held by the man in charge of the Ryder Cup selection, Colin Montgomerie.
“It just feels great to come out on top against such a world-class field,” said Fisher after receiving the trophy. “I could hear the roars and knew Padraig was making a charge. I just tried to stay patient and this is what we play for – we want to give ourselves a chance and I am no different.”
Fisher has two big events coming up with the Bridgestone Invitational starting on Thursday and the final major of the season in Wisconsin. These will determine whether he can hold onto a Ryder Cup spot for the event in September, Harrington on the other hand is currently outside of the top nine Ryder Cup points table and will be in Montgomerie’s mind for the wildcard choice.
The Englishmans jump up the Ryder Cup points table has seen McGowan fall out after missing the cut in Killarney and the previous three events. Although he is currently out of the Ryder Cup top nine Harrington is happy with his current form heading into the US PGA Championship in Wisconsin.
“Overall I had a lot of chances. I’ve been comfortable with my game for a while, but I just have to trust it a little more,” he said. “I should not get so stressed – I just have to let it happen a bit more.”
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