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Fisher defeats Kim in Match Play final

Ross Fisher celebrates his World Match Play victory after a marathon four days of action.
Ross Fisher celebrates his World Match Play victory after a marathon four days of action.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • England's Ross Fisher defeats Anthony Kim in World Match Play final
  • The 28-year-old wins 4&3 in Spain after a gruelling 126 holes in four days
  • Fisher stops Kim from becoming the youngest-ever winner of tournament
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(CNN) -- England's Ross Fisher completed a memorable marathon effort by beating American Ryder Cup player Anthony Kim to become the Volvo World Match Play champion in Spain on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, who has opes of making his own Ryder Cup debut in Wales next October, won the final 4&3 after playing an amazing 126 holes in four days.

Fisher's success stopped Kim, 24 in June, eclipsing Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros as the prestigious event's youngest-ever winner.

The win lifts Fisher up to a career-best 17th in the world and takes last year's European Open champion to fourth on this season's Order of Merit -- with the prospect of going top by winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai next Sunday.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," he told reporters. "It's been a long, gruelling week, but obviously very worthwhile. This course was very physically demanding and I don't think I am the fittest of blokes out here. I know I need to work a lot more in the gym.

"The only thing that's been missing this year was a win. I feel I've been very consistent and to be the leading guy in the majors (in terms of shots taken) shows my golf has been very good."

After coming close to winning the U.S. Open and then leading the British Open early on the final day -- his hopes crashed with a quadruple-bogey eight -- Fisher became a father for the first time a week later.

That may well have had something to do with him being slow off the blocks in the Ryder Cup qualifying race but that has all changed now, having charged up from 107th to fifth place.

Fisher showed his credentials in this format by reaching the semifinals of the Accenture match play in Arizona in February.

This time he went further by overcoming Masters champion Angel Cabrera at the third extra hole and was never behind in the final from the moment he birdied the first.

"I think this format suits me," he continued. "I'm quite an aggressive player and sometimes it's caught me out in the past but the best player in the world, Tiger Woods, is an aggressive player and he hasn't done too badly."