CAREER BEST FINISH IN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FOX

10/08/2018

FINAL ROUND

Ryan Fox has completed his career-best finish in a major championship after ending the week at six-under par and in a tie for 27th at the PGA Championship this morning.

The New Zealand number one carded a final round of two-under 68 and in typical Fox fashion finished the day with six birdies and four bogeys at the Bellerive Country Club.

Fox showed the consistency that has moved him inside the top 100 golfers in the world (current ranking 82nd) with rounds of 68, 70, 68 and 68.

This also means he has made an impressive five out of six cuts in major championships and has topped his previous best effort of T39 at the recent Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The 31-year-old also adds around $115,000 NZD to his career winnings which are soaring in the right direction.

He finishes the week ten shots behind the now three-time major champion Brooks Koepka who becomes the fifth player to hold both the US Open and the PGA Championship at the same time.

It was a captivating final day with the obvious highlight being Tiger Woods who was once again in contention on Sunday but was unable to win his first major in ten years. He stole the show to finish outright second behind the cool and calm Koepka who claims $2.9 million NZD for his efforts.

The PGA Championship will now move to May 2019 at Bethpage State Park which means the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush will be the final major of the year in 2019.


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ROUND THREE

 
Ryan Fox started has carded a round of two-under par on day three of the PGA Championship this morning to be sitting in a tie for 27th.

With four birdies and two bogeys, Fox is on track to complete his best finish at this championship after finishing T54 last year.

It has been an interrupted event with dangerous rains coming to the floor yesterday, but Fox has put his head down and continued his run of form.

"It's always a bit frustrating to have to come back and finish a round in the morning, but that's golf, and something I will just have to deal with," Fox said after his truncated round.

At the long and soft Bellerive Country Club, Fox will look to make a final day charge and end yet another successful week on a high.

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 ROUND TWO

Ryan Fox started with a bang once again at the PGA Championship this morning to open with bacl-to-back birdies to rise to four-under for the championship.

This had him in a tie for 15th and six shots behind outright leader Gary Woodland.

Fox then made a bogey on his ninth hole (18th) to drop back to three-under before the siren went and cause large delays at the Bellerive Country Club.

He now sits in T23 as we wait for the dangerous rains to clear.

Tiger Woods was turning heads in his round after making three early birdies to rise up the leaderboard at pace. He will be the most disappointed with the delays as he was starting to mount an attack on the leaders.

 
 
ROUND ONE BREAKDOWN

Ryan Fox has come home strong in his opening round at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, to be two-under par and tied for 16th.

Fox went birdie-birdie in the final two holes to card a round of 68 that currently has him four strokes behind new leader Gary Woodland who is one clear of Rickie Fowler.

Fox started the day in perfect fashion with a birdie on the opening hole and with an early tee time found himself in the outright lead for a short time. He then moved to two-under at the turn with a second birdie at the par five eighth hole.

But errors at the 11th and 15th holes saw the world number 82 slip back to even par before closing his round in clinical fashion to show once again he is ready to compete.

Fox, who finished T54 in his first PGA Championship appearance last year is on track to beat that and more by being right in contention which was a goal of his leading into the championship.

On a soft Bellerive Country Club where the ball isn’t running far, his long game is proving helpful as he drove the ball an average 315 yards to give him some great chances.

Tiger Woods (T47) had to work hard for his even-par round of 70 after opening his account with a double-bogey.

Fox will tee off his second round, alongside Englishman Eddie Pepperell and American Michael Block, from the 10th tee at 12.15pm local time on Friday (5.15am Saturday NZT).

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