Fox collects biggest pay day

Ryan Fox starts at the British Open today after qualifying after a brilliant finish in the Irish Open last weekend.

Beachlands’ Ryan Fox had a fantastic tournament at the weekend and his top placing earns him a place at the British Open beginning next week.

Fox narrowly missed out on a first European Tour title at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but the pro golfer from Beachlands managed to qualify for next week’s British Open Championship at Carnoustie for the second consecutive year. Today he teed off in the Scottish Open.

Fox, who turned pro in 2012, collected his biggest European Tour prize at the weekend of Euro 665,614 or $1.142 million.

Fox, 31, had an eight-foot putt on the 18th green at Ballyliffin Golf Club that would have handed him victory in the fourth Rolex Series event of the season but saw it just miss on the high side, www.europeantour.com reported.

Another trip up the 18th followed, with Russell Knox holing a 40-footer almost identical to the putt that had got him into the play-off for a birdie and a second European title. The pair had had to go to a play-off after both finishing on 14 under.

That left Fox still searching for his maiden win but he was pleased to nail his passage to the season’s third Major Championship, having done the same 12 months previously at the Irish Open when he finished in a tie for fourth.

Fox, whose father is All Blacks selector Grant Fox, told the Times: “:Obvisouly happy with the week and would have loved to finish one better but what Russell Knox did to finish is seriously impressive.

“I did all I could to control well and felt comfortable in the situation so can take a lot of confidence from that. Nice consolation to get in the Open Championship again.”