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Fisher looking to push on

Oliver Fisher believes he is good enough to turn his early promise into consistent success as he seeks a second Tour title in Madeira.

Fisher was tipped as a star of the future after a stellar amateur career which saw him become the youngest ever Walker Cup player in 2005, before turning professional after finishing fifth in the Tour qualifying school in 2006 aged 18.

His first victory came in the Czech Open in 2011 but he failed to record a top-10 finish on the European Tour in 2012 and lost his full playing rights at the end of last season after finishing 118th on the Race to Dubai.

However, the 25-year-old has made the cut in all but one of his nine events this season and went close to victory in the Africa Open in February, losing out in a play-off to local favourite Thomas Aiken.

"I set off pretty well at the start of the year and my goals were always going to be re-evaluated at around this time of the year," Fisher said.

"I've done well early on so I can pretty much concentrate on the European Tour as and when I get into the events, whereas if I didn't play that well I would probably be focusing on Challenge Tour for the rest of the season.

"That's been the main goal, just to get high up in The Race to Dubai (he is currently 48th). I probably need more money to get over the mark to get my card but I'm in a good position and hopefully I can press on later in the year.

"At the end of the day, I know I'm good enough to do what I want to do out here. It's just about having your game in the right place and being consistent enough to be able to achieve what you want to achieve.

"You can only score as well as you're playing. You can't go out and struggle and expect to go four or five under par. Everybody out here is pretty good so it's about believing in myself and keep trying and you never know what's around the corner."

Europe's biggest names are in action at the Players Championship at Sawgrass this week, but Fisher is joined in the field by former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson and 2012 winner Ricardo Santos.

Santos became the first home winner of a Portuguese event in European Tour history two years ago and went on to be named rookie of the year.

"I have great memories on this course, not only because of my win in 2012 but also because I came here as an amateur and played well too. I know the course very well," Santos said.

"The big difference this year is the wind. It's very strong this year but the course is in a similar shape. It's dry like it was in 2012 - it was more wet last year - but I think the wind will make it a real challenge."