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Fisher: ‘I felt there was a good one in me’

Ross Fisher played one of the greatest rounds ever seen at St Andrews for a new course record with an 11-under-par 61. It could have been a 60, but he missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

It was not quite good enough to catch champion Tyrrell Hatton, who won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by three shots, but it was a historic moment on the Old Course.

Fisher said: “I felt like there was a good one in me today around here, because there wasn’t much breeze. When you get to St. Andrews on a day like this, it’s definitely bearable, but you still have to hit the shots.

“I got off to a fast start and managed to make some good putts early on. I birdied 2, 3, 4 and hit a lovely 3-wood into 5, and left it literally hanging on the lip. I birdied 7,8,9, and then caught fire a bit on the back nine. It’s a shame not to birdie the last, but I’m not going to complain too much with a 61.

“Unfortunately Tyrrell was too far ahead, but I managed to give him a little bit to think about coming down the stretch. But hats off to him. To win your first tournament here at the Home of Golf is fantastic, but to back it up and successfully defend around these three courses is pretty unique and very, very special.”