Fisher wins Czech Open by two over Lundberg, first European Tour victory

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Oliver Fisher had made only four cuts this season before winning in the Czech Republic.
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Associated Press and PA Sport

Series: European Tour

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

Oliver Fisher of England won the Czech Open, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finish two strokes ahead of Mikael Lundberg of Sweden and earn his first European Tour victory.

Fisher totaled a 13-under 275 at Prosper Golf Resort to improve on his previous best result of two runner-up finishes.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez designed the course at the Prosper Golf Resort, which is hosting the Czech Open for the fourth straight year.

“It’s been a tough year,” said the 22-year-old Fisher, who has made only four cuts this year. “It’s massive to win here. … Getting your first win is obviously special, but especially as I’ve struggled so far this season. My form has been horrific, but golf’s a funny game. Hopefully, this is the start of big things for me.”

Starting the round even with Steven O’Hara, Fisher had birdies on the seventh, eighth and ninth holes. He had three bogeys on the back nine, but offset that with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th to keep the lead.

“I went through a lot of different emotions out there,” Fisher said. “I hit it well on the range this morning, so that gave me confidence. I played the front nine really well, then got a bit unlucky on the tenth. After that, the wheels started to fall off a little bit.”

Lundberg, chasing his third victory, also shot a 69. Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay (66) was third at 279, a shot ahead of Gary Boyd of England (72).

O’Hara collapsed on the back nine with four bogeys, including the last three holes, to finish with a 75. He ended up in a fifth-place tie with fellow Scot David Drysdale, England’s Steve Webster and Lorenzo Gagli of Italy at 281.

Fisher kept his cool throughout the final round as Lundberg remained in contention throughout by matching Fisher's 69.

"It feels fantastic,” said Fisher of his victory. “I've put a lot of hard work in and to come out, my fifth season on tour, to finally have won it feels like now I'm there. I've proven to myself I can win. It just shows what the game of golf can do -- how bad it can be and how great it can be."