Fisher: It's all to play for

Englishman Ross Fisher insists he can “go out and get the job done” after climbing into contention at the Johnnie Walker Classic at The Vines in Perth.

Englishman Ross Fisher insists he can “go out and get the job done” after climbing into contention at the Johnnie Walker Classic at The Vines in Perth.

Fisher – ranked 340th in the world – and compatriot Paul Casey were joint ninth at 12 under par, five strokes behind leader Kevin Stadler after the third round.

Wentworth golfer Fisher, 25, had a tremendous start with a birdie on the second followed by an eagle on the 517-yard par-five third.

He went through a slump, recording consecutive bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes, before recovering with four birdies on the back nine to shoot a four-under 68.

“I just faltered a little bit. I didn’t quite get the pace of the green and dropped a few silly shots,” said Fisher of his two early bogeys.

“It was nice to finish with a few birdies on the back nine.

“I felt pretty good. It’s my first time back since before Christmas so I took a while to get into things on Thursday but I played pretty good the first two days and I got off to a really good start today.”

Fisher declared himself confident of a repeat performance in tomorrow’s final round.

“It’s all to play for really. I’m playing well enough so I’m just going to go out and get the job done,” he said.

“A couple of the guys have shot 63-64 so I know I’m capable of doing it.”

Another Englishman, Ian Poulter, is still in the hunt at 11-under, but was obviously disappointed with a third round of 69 which left him sharing 11th.

Mansfield’s Oliver Wilson enjoyed the hot conditions, shooting a six-under 66 to be 10-under overall, with leading Scot Stephen Gallacher one shot further behind after a round of 70.

Steve Webster shot a solid third-round 68 to be nine-under, one stroke ahead of Mark Foster who shot a 70.

But it has been Stadler who has continued to surprise, making an eagle on the final hole for the second day in a row as he raced to 17-under for the tournament, a two-stroke lead over nearest rivals KJ Choi and Richard Green.

“Obviously it’s right where you want to be after three days going into the last,” said the American after his six-under round of 66.

“I feel like I’ve been driving it pretty well, keeping it in play and holing the putts that I need to.”

Choi – the overnight leader – had a mixed day, extending his lead early with an eagle on the third, before a bogey on the fourth and a double-bogey on the par-four eighth saw him relinquish the lead.

“Today was a very bad day, tomorrow I’ll try to get comfortable,” said the world number 36.

“I had trouble with my eyes as I was sweating so much and it was getting into my eyes.”

Green carded six birdies and no bogeys in his six-under round of 66, and believes he is in good touch heading into the final day.

“I was quite pleased with the way I played, it was very solid,” he said.

“I feel really good mentally and very confident and stable which is just how I want to be.”

Australians Gavin Flint and Nick O’Hern and Italian Francesco Molinari are tied for third at 14-under, with Fred Couples and Craig Parry one stroke further behind.

Couples was pleased with his 65, believing a repeat performance could be enough to claim the tournament.

“I shot seven-under and that’s my aim tomorrow,” he said.

“If I can do that I think I will have a shot at winning.”

Defending champion Adam Scott stood at 11-under after a disappointing round of 70, with Tony Carolan falling off the pace and sitting at six-under after a bad round of 75.

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