The Englishman cemented his place in history by becoming the first golfer to record the sub-60 figure on the Tour
English golfer Oliver Fisher recorded the lowest round in the history of the European Tour by shooting 59 on day two of the Portugal Masters.
It is the Tour’s first ever sub-60 round, featuring ten birdies and an eagle without a single dropped shot as Fisher finished on 12-under-par for the day.
There have been ten rounds below 60 on the PGA Tour, including a 58 by Jim Furyk in 2016, but golf’s other main circuit had to wait 46 years for this day.
Fisher, who is ranked 287 in the world, had missed three of his last four cuts and was struggling to make the weekend in Portugal after shooting an even-par first round of 71.
He raced out of the blocks by birdying the first three holes before an eagle at the fifth. More birdies at six and eight saw him fly to the turn in 28.
Despite gaining four more shots at the 10th, 11th, 12th and 15th, he ran into trouble at 16. The 30-year-old was forced to hole a brave 20-footer to save par and remain bogey-free for his round.
Another birdie on the par-five 17th meant he just needed to hold his nerve for par at the last, and he almost holed out from 40 feet to match Furyk’s 58.
There had been 19 scores of 60 on the European Tour over the years, two of which came from Darren Clarke, but the putt never seemed to drop for the magic 59.
Thankfully, Fisher was left with a simple tap-in to break the ‘curse’ and write himself into the history books.
“It feels great,” Fisher told Sky Sports Golf.
“I started off the round great with three straight birdies and then kept it going. I saw that you guys were out here and it was in the back of my mind all day.
“I’m just pleased that I two-putted there from 40 feet on the last.
“It was a great day, my caddie was great, it was very different to a couple of years ago on this green fighting to keep my card. I had that in the back of my mind, thinking ‘do you know what? Things could be worse’.
“It was fun, I tried to enjoy it and thankfully I got over the line.”
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