Sep 21st, 2018
Oliver Fisher shoots 59 playing Mizuno irons and wedges
At Portuguese Masters
The 2018 season for Mizuno continues to go from strength to strength, with the latest chapter a leading role in helping ‘Team Mizuno’ player, Oliver Fisher, create history by shooting the European Tour’s first ever 59 in round two of September’s Portugal Masters.
In February, Mizuno recorded a stunning one-two in the Qatar Masters thanks to winner Eddie Pepperell and runner-up Oliver Fisher, and in September it was Fisher’s turn to take all the plaudits when he finally managed to achieve a score that no other player had been able to achieve in 46 years of trying on the European Tour. Plenty of players had shot 60; no-one had previously been able to make the magical 59 break-through until Fisher tapped in from two feet for par on the final hole of his second round in this year’s Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro’s Victoria Course after narrowly missing a 40ft birdie putt for 58 that shaved the edge of the hole as it passed.
Fisher who plays Mizuno MP-18 irons from 4-9, along with MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 2- and 3-irons and three T7 wedges, had started the day on level par but quickly got going with three birdies straight out of the blocks before holing a bunker shot with his T7 sand wedge on the 5th for eagle. Reaching the turn in 28, he then rattled in three more birdies from the 10th and another on the 15th before the 59 attempt looked to have stalled on the par-3 16th where his tee shot came up short. But after holing a long par-saving putt there and playing the par-5 17th in textbook fashion with a majestic MP-18 iron in over water to set up another two-putt birdie, he only needed to par the last the make history, something he was able to do relatively comfortably in the circumstances.
“It feels great,” Fisher said after writing the magic figure of 59 on his scorecard at the end. “I started off the round great with three straight birdies and then kept it going. I'm just pleased that I two-putted there from 40ft on the last! It was a great day and my caddie was great. It was fun, I tried to enjoy it and thankfully I got over the line."
With numerous other non-contracted players playing Mizuno irons, the brand’s reputation across all of the world’s major professional golf tours continues to go from strength to strength.
Grain Flow Forging its iron heads at its exclusive Hiroshima plant for 49 years, Mizuno has become recognised the world over as the clear leader in forged golf clubs. For 2018, the acclaimed MP-18 iron models played by Fisher have joined the JPX900 family, enhancing the brand’s reputation for the very finest forged irons yet further. #nothingfeelslikeamizuno