Open 2015: Ross Fisher hopes Old Course early planning pays off

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Old Course, St Andrews
Ross Fisher
Fisher finished tied for seventh at the Scottish Open at Gullane last week
144th Open Championship
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Ross Fisher is confident a bit of pre-planning might pay off for him in the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews.

The 34-year-old from Surrey got in two practice rounds on the Old Course before last week's Scottish Open across the Firth of Forth at Gullane.

"I don't feel I need to get out there and grind now," he told BBC Sport.

"I've done my preparation. We came up here late last Sunday and played 15 holes, then played 18 holes first thing Monday morning."

Fisher went on to follow up his practice rounds at St Andrews by finishing in a tie for seventh at Gullane, just three shots behind the winner, American Rickie Fowler.

Ross Fisher
Currently the 10th highest-ranked Englishman in golf, standing 88th, comfortably in the Top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings - and second in the European money list.
Having qualified thanks to his 20th place on the 2014 European Tour Order of Merit, he will be in the 10th group out on Thursday morning at 08:11 BST, partnering American Billy Horschhel and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.
His nearest miss at The Open came in 2009 when he led after three rounds, only for the expectant father to understandably buckle under the double pressure the following day, finishing four shots adrift, in 13th. He tied for 37th behind Louis Oosthuizen at St Andrews in 2010.

"After a good week, I can now take it pretty easy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I don't have to go out and take a look at the course as much as the people flying over from the United States," he added.

"I may have just one more round on Tuesday.

"Opens have been pretty kind to me. I could have won one at Turnberry in 2009, but it just wasn't my time. And, if I get that putter warm, who knows?

"It's the home of golf and I played pretty well here in 2010 until I drove it out of bounds at 17 and had to settle for four under in my third round.

"But the week at Gullane was a step in the right direction.

"My caddie said to me walking off 18 'You've played really well'. I was struggling with my driver and ended up playing a lot of two irons off the tee, and that's also good preparation for St Andrews."