Ryan Fox scores emotional win in BMW PGA Championship
New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox missed a tag as he completed an emotional victory at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.
Fox suffered three bogeys at the third hole of the final round, but hit eight birdies for a round of 67 to finish one shot ahead of 18 under.
Fox started the day three shots adrift and when he shot the third one he looked out of contention.
But he regained ground with a couple of birdies and then came home in 31 to finish on 18 under and edge out English home favorites Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.
Fox had never cracked the top 10 at a Wentworth event but came in good form after finishing third at last week’s Horizon Irish Open.
He is the first New Zealander to win the competition.
“I am extremely proud,” he said. “This is an iconic tournament. I know Michael Campbell won here in the final and it’s very special to add to that history here and create my own.”
Fox has been dogged by illnesses and injuries this year and has also experienced the highs and lows of family life.
“I’ve got an almost three-year-old and a four-month-old standing over there and they’re here to support a place that’s close enough that we can stay at home this week just done this week .
“We’ve had a very hard year as a family. We lost my father-in-law in June after a very short battle with cancer and that kind of pushed the family on. It was hard going back and forth.
“To come over here and have a good week in Ireland last week and this, I don’t think I could have asked for better.”
He said: “To get nine overs like that, especially after I started the day, it’s great. I played great. I almost missed a shot from the third hole on and saw a couple of putts going in and it was a pretty cool feeling to be the last one I knew I was going to win one and actually do it.”
Fox has played a major role this year on the US PGA Tour, but today’s win sees him move up to third in the World Tour (European) standings.
The 36-year-old will now set his sights on the World Tour Championship in Dubai in November.
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