KIWI PRO WATCH: FOX ECSTATIC WITH WA OPEN WIN

19/10/2014

Auckland professional Ryan Fox has won the WA Open Championship by an emphatic six shots.

 

Starting the day tied for the lead, Fox made his intentions known early with a birdie on the first before going on to shot a five-under par 67 for a tournament total of 23-under 265.

 

The 27-year-old was never going to let this one slip through his fingers and was rock solid throughout the day.

“I am ecstatic and a bit relieved,” said Fox after his victory.

“It was great to get off to a good start, get a decent lead and be able to enjoy the last few holes. I was pretty relaxed going in. I tried to stay that way, when you’re hitting good shots it’s pretty easy to do that.”

Touted as a rising star of New Zealand golf and the son of All Black Legend Grant, Fox has had high expectations on his shoulders. He was thrilled to have broken through for his maiden victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

“It’s great to win my first Tour event; I have been in this position a couple of times but hadn’t quite got it done. It’s nice to turn all that practice into a winning result,” said Fox who was buoyed by the All Blacks come-from-behind victory over the Wallabies last night in Brisbane.

“It was actually good to see the national team do so well and see what they did to win, I definitely drew some inspiration out of that. The Aussies probably should have won but that New Zealand team just know how to win and they got the job done.”

Now with his own win to celebrate, Fox is excited for what lies ahead.

“I have a nice bottle of wine sitting at home so I think we might drink some of that tonight,” he said.

“I love coming to Perth, this is my fourth time, I have always played well over here so it’s nice to put a win on the board and hopefully I will be back next year.”

A birdie on the 18th sealed a runner-up finish for West Australian professional Stephen Dartnall who finished with a tournament total of 17-under 271.

Waikato professional Mathew Perry, like Fox, secured his best finish on the PGA Tour of Australasia with a share of sixth place.

But today and this week was all about Fox.

The 2014 Muriwai Open Champion made AU$16,500 ($18,200), earned official world golf rankings points, and moved to fifth on the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit. The winner of the OOM earns a place in The

Open Championship in 2015 at St Andrews.

The two-time winner of the Fiji Open now has full playing rights on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the rest of 2014 and for the next two years.

The PGA Tour of Australasia will now be joined by the European Tour for the ISPS Handa Perth International being played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club next week.

 

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