Confident Fisher unsurprised by good start in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, Nov 9 (Reuters) Going into a tournament featuring six major winners and half the world's top 20, Briton Ross Fisher could have been forgiven for having modest expectations for this week's 5 million dollar Champions.

But after a third year on the European Tour in which he clinched his first title, the 26-year-old has shown a confidence that belies his lowly ranking and a second round of 68 today put him in a share of third going into the weekend.

''Obviously very pleased to shoot two 68s and very pleased to see myself doing so well,'' the world number 141 told reporters.

''I came in here with pretty good expectations. I felt like my game was getting there. It wasn't quite where I wanted it to be but so far this week my swing feels pretty good.

''I'm putting really nicely on the greens, so, yeah, I feel pretty comfortable on the golf course and pretty confident.'' Fisher said his victory at the Dutch Open in August had made him hungry for more success as well as giving him the belief that it was possible.

''I think whereas before, I would turn up to each week trying to win, whereas now, obviously, after winning, you know that you can do it.'' he said.

''So I turn up now wanting to win and believing that I can win. Obviously the first win is a massive stepping stone, and I just want to get back into the winner's circle as soon as possible.'' The big-hitting Englishman said he was living a dream by playing the game he loved and getting handsomely rewarded for it but that was by no means the full extent of his ambition.

''I'm still quite young, so I've got quite a long career ahead of myself hopefully and, touch wood, don't have any injuries,'' he said.

''Obviously I'd love to play in majors. Ryder Cup would be fantastic, as well. But just taking one day at a time, one round at a time and not trying and get ahead of myself and we'll just see what happens.'' REUTERS TB RAI1803

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