Trevor Fisher’s opening round at the Open de Espana began on a bad note Thursday, then just kept getting better and better.
Fisher bogeyed his first hole, then rattled off five birdies over the next six, tallying eight on the day to post an opening-round 65 and take a one-stroke lead into Friday’s second round at the Terrassa in Barcelona.
Fisher is after his second European title of both this season and his career, having notched a win at the African Open in March. He hasn’t finished inside the Top 20 of an event since.
Fisher has a one-stroke lead over fellow South African Darren Fichardt, along with Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood, and native son Eduardo de la Riva, all of whom shot 6-under 66s on Thursday. Fichardt, who turned 40 on Wednesday, ended in fine style with an eagle 3 on the 542-yard No. 18. Fleetwood was paired with defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez in the first two rounds, but faired far better than the 51-year-old, notching two eagles – on No. 7 and 18.
de la Riva, ranked 374th in the world, had a run of eagle, birdie, birdie to start the back nine on a great note. Jimenez finds himself tied for 46th after shooting an even-par 72. He bogeyed two of his first three holes but rallied to consecutive birdies on 12 and 13.