FOX TRACKING TIGER AT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

14/05/2019

Article courtesy of stuff.co.nz


The Fox will pursue the Tiger once again, as New Zealand's top-ranked golfer returns to the majors nine months on from his career-best finish.

Ryan Fox will tee off in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York, at 12.35am Friday (NZT), right behind the feature group of April's US Masters champion Tiger Woods, defending champion Brooks Koepka and last year's British Open winner Francesco Molinari.

 
 

Koepka collected around $3 million for winning last year as he beat Woods by two shots.

Fox, who will partner American Aaron Wise and Japan's Shugo Imahira for the first two rounds, followed Woods' group for the first two rounds at last year's Open at Carnoustie when he finished tied for 39th.

The buzz of following the biggest galleries was special, Fox said at the time, with the added bonus of the huge crowds trampling down the rough for the group behind.

More importantly the 84th-ranked New Zealander is looking to step up his game in just his third tournament since the New Zealand Open in March, which was followed by his wedding.

Fox missed the cut last week in the British Masters and received a special invitation to the PGA Championship by way of being ranked in the world's top-100.

The fourth major has shifted from its traditional August date, when Fox produced his best major finish last year with a 27th-equal at Bellerive Country Club. This will be his seventh major tournament in all.

Compatriot Danny Lee, ranked 119th, also makes the field as one of the top-70 on the PGA Championship points standings.

Lee finished seventh in the Texas Open last month in a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the Masters, but missed the cut in his last two tournaments.

He took last week off after missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship with rounds of 75 and 77, and will play alongside Americas Michael Thompson and Justin Bertsch teeing off at 4.10am (NZT) on Friday.

It will be Lee's fourth PGA Championship, with his best finish a tie for 43rd in 2015.

The New Zealand TAB have both Kiwis at long odds to win the title, with Fox at $251 and Lee at $326.

Bookmakers have four main contenders at the head of their markets, with Woods and Dustin Johnson $11 equal favourites and Koepka and Rory McIlroy close behind at $12 apiece.

 

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