There’s one name that stands out in glancing down the list of the 152 players teeing-up tomorrow (Friday) in the first of six rounds at the Final Qualifier to earn a 2024 DP World Tour card.
He’s still the only DP World Tour player in 50-years to break 60 – Oliver ‘Mr. 59’ Fisher.
It’s understood to be a first visit to Final Qualifying for Fisher since he joined the Tour full-time in 2007.
Fisher, wearing a bright Tiger Woods-Sunday-like red shirt – albeit on a Friday – created Tour history on the second day of the 2018 Portugal Masters in posting the magical 59 on route to a share of seventh at the host Victoria Course at Vilamoura.
Sadly, since the euphoria of that historic day, there’s been far too many rounds in the 70s in the 100 plus DP World Tour events the now 35-year-old affable Englishman has contested since Portugal with just a pair of top-10s to show for it.
In fact, the 2011 Czech Open champ contested just two DP World Tour events this season, those coming this time last year at the opening event of the 2022/23 schedule, the Joburg Open and again in March when he teed-up in the Magical Kenya Open.
The magic that Fisher had produced in Portugal saw him head to the secondary Challenge Tour, however in contesting 11 events, he ended the regular season well down at 183rd on the Road to Majorca money list.
However, while those on the Challenge Tour were competing last week in Majorca, Fisher finished T19th, and among the leading 23 at the second stage of 2024 DP World Tour qualifying, good enough to earn him place among 151 others players now teeing-up over six rounds in Tarragona, Spain.
Other ‘name’ players competing in Final Qualifying include fellow DP World Tour winners Thomas Aiken, Gregory Bourdy, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Alex Levy, Tom Lewis, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Kris Broberg.
Wishing not only Ollie every success, but all those teeing-up in Spain.