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Fisher stretches lead in South Africa

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Ross Fisher carded a five-under 67 © Getty Images
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Ross Fisher kept his bid for a first European Tour title in four years firmly on track after extending his lead to five shots heading into the final round of the Tshwane Open.

A five-under 67 including seven birdies and two bogeys at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate saw Fisher reach 18 under for the week.

Fisher leads Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey with Simon Dyson and Spain's Carlos del Moral a further shot back on 12 under.

"I feel like I'm playing as good as I ever have, probably similar to when I was contending in majors and getting myself into the Ryder Cup team," said Fisher, who was a member of Europe's victorious side in 2010.

"If I were to win here it would be a massive confidence boost and a step in the right direction. My primary goal is to get back in the top 50 [of the world rankings] - I've been there before and I feel like I belong there.

"I got to 17 in the world because of my major performances, but like a few other guys I had a big comedown after the Ryder Cup having achieved the second pinnacle of golf outside of winning a major and so early in my career. Maybe I suffered a bit from Ryder Cupitis, as I called it.

"You see guys like Henrik Stenson who got to the top of the game, disappeared, came back, disappeared, and now he's back where he belongs.

"You see guys like that come through adversity, drift off and come back. Lee Westwood is another one - I wouldn't say my slump was anywhere near as drastic as theirs, but I've missed being in the top 50 and playing in the Majors and that's where I want to be. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction for me."

Tshwane Open leaderboard

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