Ross Fisher: the Englishman one shot from the lead at the Soudal Open in Belgium | golf news

England’s Ross Fisher is one shot off the lead as he attempts to end a 10-year winless drought at the Soudal Open.

Fisher shot a second-round 63 at Rinkven International for a total of 13 under, with Spaniard Nacho Elvira setting the pace at 14 under after a second straight 64.

Both players have yet to take a shot on the tight, tree-lined course, despite Friday’s second round being played in miserable conditions.

“It was a great day,” said Fisher, a former Ryder Cup player who won the last of his five DP World Tour titles at the Tshwane Open in 2014.

“We were very lucky with the weather, we had nine holes with decent weather, there was no breeze or rain and I played pretty steady on the back nine, our front nine.

“Then we stringed together four birdies in a row which was really nice and then unfortunately the rain started on the front nine which made it a little tricky.”

“I was kind of struggling, I made some good par saves on two, three and four and then the last few holes were very, very difficult.

“They were long, wet and cold, but it was nice to close with that long birdie putt (on the ninth) and go put your feet up and wait for tomorrow.

“Delighted not to have any bogeys. I played very well yesterday, I had to hole a putt for par from about 10 feet because I was out of position off the tee, but other than that, I played very steadily.

“It hit pretty well off the tee, some good shots into the greens and it’s good to finally see all the hard work paying off on the greens. Hopefully this continues throughout the weekend.”

Elvira, who won the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor in 2021, said: “I’m very, very happy. It was a pretty similar round to yesterday, I think I played very consistently and hit very well, so I’m very happy.” .

“It’s a course that I like, it suits my eyes maybe a little better than other courses and I’m lucky to be able to play well, so I hope I can take advantage of it.”

France’s Romain Langasque is three shots off the lead at 11 under, while New Zealand’s Sam Jones, who made an albatross in his opening 62, added a second round 70 to share fourth place at 10 under.

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