After a number of close calls since his last victory in February, Ryan Fox secured his third DP World Tour title as a final round 68 gave him a one shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
After claiming the Ras al Khaimah Classic eight months ago, the New Zealander has had three runner-up finishes, including two playoff losses, as well as multiple top 10s. However, on a day where level-par fired you backwards, it was Fox who held on to pick up his second title of 2022.
Speaking to Tim Barter after his round, Fox dedicated his victory to his close friend and cricket legend, Shane Warne, who regularly featured in the tournament alongside Fox before his unfortunate death earlier this year.
"The only person I can think of is Warnie, he meant a lot to me in this event," explained Fox, who secured a spot at the Masters next year with this win. "We were great mates and it's a shame he's not here, but I'm sure I will celebrate this one with the family tonight. He was definitely helping out there today."
Beginning the final day it was Englishman, Richard Mansell, who led by four. Going in search of his first DP World Tour title though, the nerves seemed to be kicking in and, after just six holes, his four shot advantage had evaporated, with Mansell two-over and Fox two-under for the day.
That share of the lead soon disappeared though as, on the seventh, Fox fired yet another birdie to move one ahead. Bogeying the eighth, the 35-year-old found his fifth birdie of the day at the ninth to sit one ahead with just the back nine to play.
Three holes in to the final nine and Fox soon jumped three ahead, with two early birdies putting him at 16-under-par and clear of Rory McIlroy, who was also enjoying a great day around the Old Course.
It seemed then that the title was going to be Fox's but, as has been shown time and time again, winning is never easy and, with two holes to go, the New Zealander was just two clear as Callum Shinkwin, who won the team event with art dealer, Alex Acquavella, set the clubhouse target of 14-under-par.
Fox didn't buckle though and, after safely finding the green at the last, he would two-putt for a one shot victory and third DP World Tour title. Entering the top 30 of the World Rankings, the New Zealander also moves up inside the top five of the DP World Tour rankings.
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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