Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fisher Puts Patter of Tiny Feet over Win at the Open; English Star Ross Set to Drop His Clubs at Turnberry and Fly South as Soon as His Wife Goes into Labour. David Smith Reports

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fisher Puts Patter of Tiny Feet over Win at the Open; English Star Ross Set to Drop His Clubs at Turnberry and Fly South as Soon as His Wife Goes into Labour. David Smith Reports

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Byline: David Smith

ROSS FISHER today revealed he would rather cradle his first baby than the Claret Jug presented to the winner of the Open Championship. Instead of heading to Turnberry and the season's third major, which starts on Thursday, Fisher packed his clubs after finishing eighth in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and flew home to Cheam in Surrey to be with wife Jo, who is due to give birth tomorrow.

However, if there is no sign of things happening he will be back in Scotland by lunchtime tomorrow and will prepare for The Open while awaiting further news. The 28-year-old will carry a pager and he insists he will rush for a plane if the message comes through that Jo has gone into labour.

"The Open is the most important tournament in a calendar year, but the birth of our first child is something I don't want to miss," said Fisher, who finished fifth at last month's US Open.

"I grew up dreaming of standing over a short putt to clinch the Claret Jug. I've worked and practised for that moment all my life. But it doesn't matter if I'm six shots clear going into the final round, if Jo hasn't had the baby by then, I'm off the moment my pager goes to say it looks like the baby is on the way."

One golfer who definitely won't be at Turnberry is Brett Quigley even though he snatched a qualifying spot by finishing second behind Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

Instead the American will go to Milwaukee to attend a memorial service for Beth Smith -- the wife of Quigley's friend and fellow golfer Chris -- who was killed in a car crash last month.

Quigley said: "My heart's not into playing The Open. It's a tough decision to make and I know I'll catch some heat for it, but it's the right decision.

"There's a million reasons to go. But I just feel it will be better for me to go to Milwaukee. …

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