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Fox ready for Olympics, British Open

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Ryan Fox will have played seven tournaments in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics including the British Open so will be well-prepared. Photo supplied

Beachlands-based professional golfer Ryan Fox has a busy remainder of the year coming up with the British Open at the Royal St George course in Kent (July 15-18) and the Olympic Games Tokyo from July 23 to August 8.

Fox – whose dad is All Black selector Grant Fox – took time out for a quick Q&A with the Times. He was selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics where he tied for 39th.

Q. Congratulations. Can you offer comment on securing a spot in the men’s field for the Olympics?

A. Obviously very happy to qualify. It’s been a tough year or so with Covid protocols on tour and not being able to play much, so happy to have secured it.

Q. How prepared are you? 

A. I will have played seven tournaments in the lead-up including the British Open so will be well-prepared.

Q. What preparations are left to make?

A. Minor travel details and testing protocols

Q. What about Covid? How will you personally keep safe?

A. I’m fully vaccinated and it’s a strict bubble-like tour golf at the moment so shouldn’t be any Covid issues.

Q. What else do you have on this year?

A. European tour the rest of the year

Q. What’s your current ranking and what tours are you currently on? 

A. European tour and ranked somewhere inside 200 in the world [Official World Golf Ranking puts him at 179].

Q. What did you think of the cricket World Test Championship final in Southampton [in which the Black Caps beat India]?

A. Very happy to see the boys get over the line. Got to be there on the Sunday so enjoyed being able to support the team and obviously watched the final session which was nervy but good fun too.

Q. And the Blues winning the Super Rugby Transtasman final at Eden Park?

A. Good to see the Blues get a win again. Been a long time coming. Didn’t see the game but they have played well in patches the last couple of years so good to see them find some consistency and get the rewards.

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