Ross Fisher breaks scoring record at St. Andrews and it could've been even better

It was a bad week for historic golf courses in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. First, Tommy Fleetwood took down the Carnoustie course record with a 63 on Friday in Round 2. Then, Ross Fisher shot a 61 at the Old Course at St. Andrews on Sunday to break the previous record of 62.

The kicker here? He three-putted the final hole for the 11-under 61. That's right, Ross Fisher had a putt for 59 at the Old Course, but he ended up needing three.

"I'm gutted I missed that one on the last but it's just one of those days as I felt like I was playing alright but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61," Fisher told BBC. "When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely bearable, but you still have to hit the shots. I got off to a fast start and managed to make some good putts early on."

Despite the 61, Fisher could not catch Tyrrell Hatton, who successfully defended his Dunhill Links crown from 2016 with a 66 on the final day to win by three.

"Just wanted to come out here and put in a good performance, and if I could, try and repeat last year finishing tied second," Fisher said. "Looks like I'll finish second on my own. Unfortunately Tyrrell was too far ahead. I managed to give him a little bit to think about coming down the stretch."

Still, it was a momentous day for Fisher who can now say that in the Old Course's 260ish-year history, nobody has ever shot better than he did on Sunday at the Dunhill Links.

Not everybody was pleased with all the new course records, by the way.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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