Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fisher Jubilant after Gruelling Title Victory; Golf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fisher Jubilant after Gruelling Title Victory; Golf

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ENGLAND'S Ross Fisher completed a memorable marathon effort by beating American Ryder Cup player Anthony Kim to become Volvo World Match Play champion in Spain yesterday.

The 28-year-old, with high hopes of making his own Ryder Cup debut in Wales next October, won the final 4&3 after playing an amazing 126 holes in four days. Ian Poulter, victorious in the Barclays Singapore Open hours earlier, had it easy by comparison. He was required to play only 72.

Fisher's success stopped Kim, 24 in June, eclipsing Seve Ballesteros as the event's youngest-ever winner. And it also means, while the tournament has now left Wentworth after being staged there from 1964 until two years ago, the trophy is going straight back.

Fisher, a member at the Surrey club since his boyhood days, is up to a career-best 17th in the world as a result - while Poulter's one-shot win took him to a best-ever 15th.

Earning a cheque for nearly pounds 676,000 also takes last year's European Open champion to fourth on this season's Order of Merit and he could go top by winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai next Sunday.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," he said.

"It's been a long, gruelling week, but obviously very worthwhile."

After coming close to winning the US Open and then leading the Open early on the final day - his hopes crashed with a quadruple-bogey eight - Fisher became a father for the first time a week later.

That may well have had something to do with him being slow off the blocks in the Ryder Cup qualifying race but that has all changed now. He has charged from 107th to fifth in one mighty leap. Even if he ends up needing a wild card, captain Colin Montgomerie will have surely noted down that his performance in Spain came after he reached the semi-finals of the Accenture match play in Arizona in February. …

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