Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

Oliver Fisher has become the first player to hit 59 in the history of the European Tour

Oliver Fisher has become the first player to hit 59 in the history of the European Tour

Shane Lowry made a flying return to competitive action on the European Tour today at the Portugal Masters, a tournament he won in 2012.

"It feels great", Fisher told Sky Sports Golf.

After 46 years, the European Tour finally has its first round of 59.

Fisher's second round consisted of birdies on the opening three holes, an eagle on the fifth, and more birdies on the sixth, eighth, tenth, 11th, 12th, 15th, 17th and then a routine par on the last to make history. Coming to the end of the round there's a lot of water, it's make or break, that day I birdied 17 and 18 and was elated.

Since the formation of the European Tour in 1972 there had been 19 rounds of 60 but the magical sub-60 barrier had yet to be broken in over 690,000 rounds. When I went out I was at level par and trying to make the cut, and then shooting that... it was just a great day all round.

"It was important to keep reminding myself that I was out there to have some fun, enjoy it, and not get too tentative".

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"I missed a couple of chances on seven and nine, so I could have quite easily been out in nine under".

"The big hole for me was 16". Went with the putter and left it a long way short and managed to hole a 20-footer for par.

"I'm just pleased I two-putted there from 40-foot on the last", the 29-year-old admitted.

"You don't really realise it when you're out there, but coming off there, seeing everyone is an unbelievable feeling". That was in the back of my mind. "I felt like I had done it before, so that was a good thing to look back on".

Overnight leader Lucas Herbert and Eddie Pepperell also got to 12 under after rounds of 67 and 66 respectively, with in-form Matt Wallace a shot off the pace in fourth spot.

Sergio Garcia, looking to get back into form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was back on 6-under 136 after a 70.

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