Ross Fisher taking advantage of position in Turkish Airlines Open

Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher is in position to turn a tournament invite into a multi-million pound windfall in the space of three weeks.

Fisher is three shots behind Matthias Schwab heading into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open, which boasts a first prize of USD2million (£1.56million).

And the 38-year-old Englishman could also benefit from an unusual set of circumstances to qualify for the last two events of the season, where more millions will be up for grabs.

As an invitee, any points Fisher earns in Turkey would not usually count on the Race to Dubai, meaning he could not qualify for next week's Nedbank Golf Challenge or the season-ending DP World Championship.

However, under tournament regulations any invited player whose Race to Dubai ranking is above that of the first reserve will be eligible to earn points.

When two players withdrew after the first round got under way, the next available reserve was Robert Rock, who was ranked 107th on the money list. Fisher was ranked 105th and therefore eligible for points.

"To be honest I'm trying not to think about it," Fisher told the PA news agency. "I'm trying to treat it as if I'm still here as an invite and this is my last event.

"As soon as I start thinking about where I need to finish to get into next week, the mind starts to wander.

"All the guys who finished ahead of me I'm guessing were asked if they were going to travel and no-one wanted to and it wouldn't make sense.

"It's great for me that my points do count and I'm going to finish higher at the end of the season and there's a sniff of getting into next week.

"I love the Nedbank and if that were the case great, and it's another opportunity to get into Dubai."

If Fisher qualifies for the next two events the field sizes will be expanded by one to 61 and 51 respectively.

The winner in South Africa will collect USD2.5million (£1.95million) and the champion in Dubai will pocket USD3million (£2.34million).

In addition, a bonus pool of USD5million (£3.8million) will be divided between the final top five on the Race to Dubai.

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