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I'll never forget that time I got better of Tiger at Bethpage: Fisher

Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher

By Phil Casey

Not many people can say they have finished ahead of Tiger Woods in a Major at Bethpage, but England's Ross Fisher is proud to be one of them.

Woods led from start to finish and was the only player to finish under par in the 2002 US Open, and was sixth when the tournament returned to the same venue seven years later.

Fisher was one of the five players to finish above Woods on the leaderboard, the 38-year-old threatening to pull off a surprise victory before having to settle for fifth place, his only top-10 in a Major to date.

Heavy rain throughout the week led to numerous delays and a Monday finish as 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes struggled to a closing 76 and Lucas Glover held his nerve down the stretch to win his sole Major title.

"The rain meant I didn't hit a shot from the Wednesday afternoon practice round until Friday late afternoon," said Fisher, now 105th in the world.

"It played very, very long and very tough, but that was a US Open and this is a US PGA, so hopefully it will play a little bit easier and I'm looking forward to getting out there.

"A couple of poor shots down the stretch cost me but it was nice to be up there and contend in Majors, that's what it's all about.

"It was still a great week and I really enjoyed it. It's something I'll never forget. It was only my second US Open but what an experience."

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