Brisbane, Australia – Ryan Fox’s flight to Australia from the finale of the DP World Tour in Dubai will leave you with no travel anxiety. After signing off on a stunning season on the Old World circuit with second place to Rory McIlroy in the season’s long points standings, the big-hitting New Zealander and his family hopped on a 16-hour trip to Auckland. . He was there for six hours, then headed back to the airport to fly to Brisbane for this week’s Australian PGA Championship.
It’s worse than it looks.
“We have a two-year-old and we went from London to South Africa [for the Nedbank Golf Challenge]then Dubai, and it was easier to take the whole family home [to New Zealand]We had a lot of stuff to bring home from London and it was easier to come home and drop off the family. We got home at 12:30am by the time I repacked my bag and put some laundry on, because I didn’t have clean shirts, I fell asleep at 2am and got up again around 4:15am to make sure the laundry was dry, put it in my bag And he left for the airport at 5 am.”
It’s safe to say that once he arrived in Brisbane on a Tuesday afternoon for a training ride, he “didn’t know what planet I was on.”
To top it all off, Fox was then placed in the marquee set at 6am for the first round on Thursday alongside world number three and Open Championship winner Cameron Smith and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.
“It’s six o’clock in the morning…going time…too early,” said Fox through a laugh. “I played Rory last week in the first round in Dubai and now I’m getting two rounds with two Australian legends.”
Playing with crowd-favorite Australians, Smith and Scott, is courtesy of an impressive Fox on the DP World Tour in 2022. His form probably hasn’t gotten the attention it likely will with the golf world focused on the gap between the PGA Tour and Life Golf. (Some would say it was overlooked even by International Presidents’ Cup captain Trevor Immelman, who did not use the wildcard selection on Fox.)
Fox was ranked just outside the top 200 in the Official World Golf Ranking in February before winning the DP World Ras Al Khaimah Tour Classic. Then he rolled off a tear, recording four second-place finishes and four top-10s before an emotional victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland in September. Fox is now 24 in the OWGR.
“It’s definitely a blur right now,” said the 35-year-old, who turned pro a decade ago. “The big goal at the beginning of the year was to get another win, and I did that very quickly. This allows me to have a free ride the rest of the year.”
When asked to identify the most memorable moment of 2022, Fox said it was easy: his victory at Dunhill Links, which played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns before wrapping up at The Old Course in St Andrews. Fox has developed a bond with cricketing icon Shane Warne over five times teaming up on the pro portion of the event. Warne, an Australian, was considered the greatest spin bowler in cricket history. Fox last saw Warren while playing Dunhill 2021 six months before Warren died of a suspected heart attack in March at the age of 52. After Fox’s win, he paid tribute to Warren, who had become synonymous with Dunhill.
“Winning in the home of golf in any tournament is very special, and it was great to be able to share that with him this year,” said Fox. As if he was looking down [on us]. “
Fox then delivered a classic Dunhill tale about Warren from the 2021 edition when they finished second in the team competition thanks to a stunning final round from the amateur golfer. Warren, who has a single-digit disability, was known to love a drink and a party.
“That was the last time I saw him and the last time I ever played golf with him,” Fox recalled. “[The night before the final round] He had come home at 4 am after he and a few other crickets [stars] Played cricket inside the old course hotel with a bottle of whiskey and a tennis ball sometime. Get the first tee [Sunday] And he says, “I’m not feeling well this morning,” and then he starts [on the Old Course] With a small bird / reticulated eagle. “
Warren contributed a birdie or reticulated bird to seven holes and two reticulated eagles. “We shot the 56 as a team and beat [several] The pros stick out. He was just a legend of a man.”
After the Australian PGA Championship and next week’s Championship in Melbourne, Fox will reset and aim to move his form into 2023. The three-time DP World Tour winner will also attempt a move to the PGA Tour. With his world ranking, he will be on several PGA Tour titles including The Players Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play.
“I think it’s really any golfer’s dream to be on the PGA Tour,” he said.
Fox was also set to earn his first invitation to the Masters; The top 50 in the world rankings at the end of 2022 are expected to qualify to play at the Augusta National in April. It is the only large fox he has yet to compete in.
“[The Masters] It’s any golfer’s wish list, whether to watch it or play in it,” said Fox. “I thought maybe two years ago I’d miss my chance and at 35, as a driver, I’d never get that chance. For a while I felt if I played my best golf, I could compete with the best players in the world, so I hope to continue what I’m doing.”