Dressed in black and guided by the spirit of his former playing partner at the event Shane Warne, an emotional Ryan Fox claimed the Dunhill Links title at St. Andrews.
Much of the final day’s excitement surrounded Rory McIlroy, who is truly never out of a tournament these days, as he surged from 41st on Friday to tied fourth at the finish with a pair of 66’s.
Heading into Sunday Richard Mansell held a four shot lead but that lead was reeled in and passed after just seven holes by the Kiwi Fox and his red hot putter extended his advantage to three strokes with three to play.
Nerves kicked in over the closing holes but the 35 year old muscled and gouged his ball to a second win of the season, one shot ahead of Callum Shinkwin and Alex Noren.
Afterwards Fox told Sky’s Tim Barter: “To be honest the only person I can really think of at the moment is Warney. He meant a lot to me and this event and was a great mate. It’s a terrible shame he’s not here.”
Fox’s mother and father, former All Blacks legend Grant Fox, are on holiday in Europe and were present at St Andrews to witness their son’s win.
The win jumps Fox from 47th to a career high 25th in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.
What’s In The Winning Bag Ryan Fox
Driver: Srixon ZX5 (9.5 deg) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft.
5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (19 deg) with a Graphite Design Tour AD shaft.
Utility: Srixon ZU85 (2) with a KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 105 X shaft.
Irons: Srixon ZX7 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore (50, 56, 60 deg) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50), S400 (56-60) shafts.
Putter: Fine Tuned
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
How He Did It
Using a Srixon ZX5 driver the massive batting New Zealander averaged a huge 326.8 yards from the tee and hit 21 fairways for the week. Battling tough conditions at times, most notably on Friday, Fox found 30 greens with his Srixon ZX7 irons, T34 in the stats. His Fine Tuned prototype putter with a bolt upright stance was the star club all week, rolling in an eagle and 24 birdies in 116 putts total.
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Title: What’s In The Winning Bag Ryan Fox 2022 Dunhill Links
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Published Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:42:00 +0000