On a day where The Open field was going backwards, Kiwi number one Ryan Fox took full advantage in trying conditions to rocket up the leader board and secured his best finish in a major.

Starting the day in a tie for 43rd at even-par, Fox used his earlier tee time at Royal Portrush to full effect shooting a two-under par 69, which catapulted him 27 places up the leader board into a tie for 16th.

The big hitting Kiwi went out playing steady golf making just the lone birdie at eight to make the turn at one-under par.

He made a further two birdies at 11 and 12 before bogeys came at 13 and 16. However Fox would finish strong with a birdie at 17 to finish two-under par for the championship. He was one of 14 players to shoot under-par on the final day, out of the 72 that made the weekend.

As the day went on and the conditions worsened, Fox would watch his name slowly make its way up the leader board as all the leaders started moving backwards.

One man who remained up the top of the leader board was local hero Shane Lowry, who captured his maiden major championship in front of his home country.

As many others were folding, Lowry was holding strong as he made three birdies mixed in with three bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at even-par for the day and in full control of the tournament.

He’d play the closing nine in one-over par to take the event by six shots over his nearest competitor Tommy Fleetwood.

Shane Lowry, the Champion Golfer of the Year, will defend his title at Royal St George’s in 2020.



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