As the war between the established tours and Saudi-backed LIV Golf intensifies, Ryan Fox has revealed he has been approached by rebel league.
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Fox turned professional in 2012 and played on the 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia. He had two 4th-place finishes, in the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship and the New South Wales PGA Championship.
|Born||22 January 1987
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (216 lb; 15.4 st)|
|Sporting nationality||New Zealand|
Auckland, New Zealand
He was runner-up in the 2014 Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship and later in the year won the Western Australian Open.
In early 2015, he had his second win on the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Queensland PGA Championship.
Fox is the son of former rugby union player Grant Fox, and grandson of cricketer Merv Wallace.
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Ryan Fox believes Rory McIlroy has “defeated the establishment” in his lead ambassador role for the DP World Tour and PGA Tour during a “messy” time for golf following the emergence of the Saudi-bankrolled LIV Golf Tour in 2022.
Fox was speaking to GolfMagic and the rest of the golfing media at this week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai where the in-form New Zealander goes in pursuit of DP World Tour Rankings leader and World No.1 McIlroy.
“Yeah, I mean, I think he’s been really thoughtful this year with what he [McIlroy] has said, and yeah, it’s great to have someone like him; he’s a great ambassador for the game,” said Fox, who will join McIlroy for the opening round on Thursday.
“I don’t know him very well, but by all accounts he’s a really nice guy as well, which that’s fantastic for golf in general.
“It’s like he’s taken the whole thing on his shoulders this year, and defeated the establishment in that regard. I think he’s done a pretty damned good job of it.
“Obviously the world of golf is a bit messy at the moment and we need some common sense in there, and I feel like Rory for the most part has been that voice of common sense.”
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Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox is adopting a “nothing to lose” approach before the European Tour finale, which could see him win the title and move atop the rankings at Dubai.
Fox needs to finish ahead of world No.1 Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship to clinch the order of merit and £2.5 million (N$4.8 million).
After his recent second-place finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Fox made some much-needed ground on McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman leads the tour having played just nine events to Fox’s 23, and is favourite to close out the season with a victory.
But Fox is refusing to let the occasion overwhelm him, and won’t be changing his approach at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“A bit surreal to be honest. If you had said this at the start of the year, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” he said.
“It’s been an amazing season, and hopefully I can finish it off this week, but regardless of what happens, I’m really proud of what I’ve done this year and it’s been a fun ride.
“The goal going into last week was definitely to cut the gap and I couldn’t have wished for a better week in that sense, especially around a golf course I haven’t done very well.
The Northern Irishman arrives in Dubai as world No. 1, and at the top of the DP World Tour Rankings.
There are a number of scenarios that could result in McIlroy picking up the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time, the most simple one being to win the tournament.
- 11:00: OLESEN, Thorbjørn
- 11:00: PEREZ, Victor
- 11:10: BLAND, Richard
- 11:10: HATTON, Tyrrell
- 11:20: SHINKWIN, Callum
- 11:20: PAUL, Yannik
- 11:35: LARRAZABAL, Pablo
- 11:35: RAMSAY, Richie
- 11:45: HOJGAARD, Rasmus
- 11:45: MACINTYRE, Robert
- 11:55: RAHM, Jon
- 11:55: FERGUSON, Ewen
- 12:05: OTAEGUI, Adrian
- 12:05: LAWRENCE, Thriston
- 12:15: SMITH, Jordan
- 12:15: MERONK, Adrian
- 12:25: LOWRY, Shane
- 12:25: HOVLAND, Viktor
- 12:35: FLEETWOOD, Tommy
- 12:35: FITZPATRICK, Matt
- 12:45: FOX, Ryan
- 12:45: MCILROY, Rory
Ryan Fox is McIlroy’s closest challenger, and his second place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday handed him a shot at the top spot, while the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland are just about in the hunt.
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