Spotlight on Ryan Fox
Ten years ago, Ryan Fox, then 25, joined the professional circuit. But for a long time, the Auckland-born New Zealander remained anonymous in the world of golf. For the most part, he played in his home country as well as in Australia, whose professional circuit is not widely recognized internationally.
In the long run, Ryan Fox's move to Europe has paid off. While already playing on the local Challenge Tour, he qualified for the US PGA Championship in 2015. He made the cut and finished in a respectable 49th place. Ryan Fox moved to the European PGA Tour (now the DP World Tour) for the 2017 season. Thanks to some excellent placings, he broke into the top 100 of the world rankings for the first time. He also qualified for two more major tournaments.
He broke through in February 2019 by winning the Perth Matchplay tournament on the European Tour, becoming the first New Zealand winner on the European Tour for ten years.
So now we can look to the present, the 2022 season. In February, he triumphed in the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to other excellent rankings, he arrives this week on the Valais plateau as one of the most successful players on the circuit. The consistency of the "Kiwi" is impressive: after this victory, he had six top ten finishes up to the beginning of July, including two second places and one third. A gala performance by Ryan Fox at the Omega European Masters this week would perhaps surprise the spectators, but certainly not the experts.