Fox sets sights on winning NZ Open

Ryan Fox
Ryan Fox
New Zealander Ryan Fox is out to win his home country’s Open, spurning a European Tour event in his quest to win the big prize.

Off the back of a stellar first year on the European Tour, Fox (30) has confirmed his entry for the  New Zealand Open in Queenstown in March.

He joins defending champion Michael Hendry in committing to next year’s tournament  on March 1-4.

Fox was the fifth-best rookie on the European Tour with total earnings of $NZ1.9m this year and is keen to make an impact at The Hills and Millbrook.

"As a Kiwi it is the fifth major for us," he said.

"My career would not be complete without winning a New Zealand Open. All the best Kiwi players over the years have this on their resume. I would like to join those guys at some point."

Fox is taking a break after playing in 31 tournaments this year. While he has learned much, he would not trade anything for his remarkable first year on the European Tour.

"To play the final series, play in two majors and a WGC event in my first year on the European Tour is something I wouldn’t have dreamed of at the start of the year. I am very happy with how it turned out."

The highlight was his three-week run in which he finished sixth in the French Open and in a share of fourth at the Irish and Scottish Opens.

"I finally put it together at the French Open and from that point it took the pressure off the rest of the year. I played well at the Irish and Scottish where I gave myself an outside chance and felt pretty comfortable.

"I probably played a little too much golf. We play a lot all over the world and I’ve done a lot of travelling and the body and mind have felt that in the back end of the year. I will learn from that."

He finished sixth at the New Zealand Open this year.

More player announcements are due in the next few weeks.

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