Fisher's waiting game

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If push comes to shove, Ross Fisher would still rather be holding the baby than the Claret Jug this weekend.

With wife Jo expecting to give birth to their first child any time, Fisher remains on tenterhooks, specially as a superb 68 put him firmly in Open contention. After opening his account with a 69 he's -3 and just two shots off the lead.

He confirmed: "Obviously I'm thinking about Jo and how she is. But at the same time I'm here to do a job until I receive a phone call or any information.

"I'm trying to put it to the back of my mind and concentrate on golf. But as soon as I've finished, golf is out of the window and I'm straight on the phone to check how Jo is doing.

"I'd love to be around all four days but my wife comes first. If she were to go into labour later this evening or tomorrow I've got no choice. I want to be there at the birth - it's going to be a great experience and one that I don't want to miss."

Fisher must be hoping deep down though that his wife can give birth after he's done at Turnberry and may be, just may be, bring the Claret Jug home with him. What a family double that would be...