Hard work marks a new beginning for Fisher

Oliver Fisher is proof that a win does not only change a golfer's season, but possibly his or her entire career.

Oliver Fisher is proof that a win does not only change a golfer's season, but possibly his or her entire career.

Before his victory on Sunday at the Czech Open, the 22 year old from England was going nowhere fast.

He came into the week 224th in the Race to Dubai, and had missed 20 of his first 21 cuts this season, before showing some signs of improvement over the past month.

Fisher played in the Walker Cup at the age of only 16 and, as you would imagine, great things were expected from this "new Nick Faldo", a tag every young English golfer is seemingly burdened with.

But he could not buy a top 10 place. Indeed, he had only made the weekend three times in the past eight months. And then, from out of nowhere, Fisher won and now everything is different.

This will, or should, serve, as a reminder to all young golfers that if they want to make their mark in this game, then they need to get a W on the CV.

There is only one way to go about that. "The reason this has happened is because I have worked like never before and it's paid off," he said. "I now feel as if my golfing career is, at last, beginning."

Fisher is now 75th in the Race to Dubai and wants to be in the UAE at the end of this year.

"I found out the hard way that if you don't put in the hours, then this game becomes really difficult," Fisher said. Never has a truer word been spoken.

Published: August 25, 2011 04:00 AM

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