KIWI PRO WATCH: FOX ENJOYS TOP 10 IN KOREA, PENDER RUNNER-UP IN PNG

12/05/2014

Auckland professional Ryan Fox has enjoyed his best finish on the OneAsia Tour.

The 27-year-old, who last week claimed his breakthrough win at the ask>metro Muriwai Open on the Charles Tour, continued his good form when he finished in a share of 10th place at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Korea.

 

The former NZ rep carded rounds of 73, 71, 70 and 68 at the Namseoul Country Club to finish on a six-under par total, nine shots back from the champion, local Jun-won Park.

Fox earned US$20,020 (NZD$23,000) for his top-10 finish and is 20th on the OneAsia Order of Merit after only one event.

Wellington pro Gareth Paddison was three shots further back from Fox in a share of 19th place on a three-under par total. The left-hander, who is a regular on the tour, made US$9,248 (NZD$10,700).

Jae-hyun An (T43), Wellington pro Mark Brown (T48) and Josh Geary (T60) were the next best of the Kiwis.

Brown, a former European Tour player, remains the highest Kiwi on the OneAsia Order of Merit. He is in 13th place after three events in 2014.

The Kiwis will remain in Korea this week as they prepare to compete in the SK Telecom Open, also on the OneAsia Tour.

Pender finishes runner-up in PNG Open

Bay of Plenty professional Jared Pender has earned the biggest payday of his career.

The 31-year-old from Tauranga has finished runner-up at the South Pacific Papua New Guinea Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia to claim AUD$12,397.50 (NZD$13,450).

The former NZ amateur rep carded rounds of 74, 74, 70 and 67 to finish one shot back from Tasmanian Kalem Richardson who secured the biggest win of his young career.

Pender saved his best for last when he carded an impressive five-under par 67 in the tough conditions of the final round to jump into contention for his first title as a professional.

Fellow Kiwi Sven Puymbroeck carded a one-under par 71 in the final round to finish in sixth place while defending champion, Waipukurau pro Pieter Zwart was seventh at even par.

Waikato pro Jim Cusdin, a former champion on the Charles Tour, finished in a share of 11th place and Rotorua rookie pro Peter Lee was tied 14th.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 145.55
    2 Wood, Tyler 103.05
    3 Brown, Luke 95.93
    4 Lee, Jang Hyun 94.57
    5 McLean, Matthew 87.81
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 192.59
    2 Xu, Fiona 146.41
    3 Khoo, Caryn 142.44
    4 Lu, Vivian 131.84
    5 Dryland, Brittney 101.83