Ryan Fox claims rich Jeep Pro Am
BY Bruce Young | 01 Sep 2013
New Zealander Ryan Fox has today claimed his biggest win of his short professional career, taking out the 2013 Jeep Pro Am with a birdie on the first extra hole of a sudden death playoff.
After closing with a seven under par 65 to post a 15 under par total, Fox had to wait to see if it was going to be good enough. It wouldn’t be for the outright victory, a three way playoff being required when Gareth Paddison and Anthony Brown joined Fox at 15 under par at the completion of 72 holes.
All three players went back to the tee and found the fairway. Unfortunately for Paddison an errant second shot found the back bunker and while he played a great bunker shot, he still had an eight foot putt for par. Both Brown and Fox found the green in regulation and when Browns lengthy birdie attempt came up short, it would be Fox with the chance to close it out. Fox made the most his chance and when the ball disappeared into the cup, Fox was crowned the champion.
“I really can’t believe it” a pumped up Fox said moments after the winning putt dropped. “This is no doubt the biggest win of my career and to do it by beating such a quality field really does help with my confidence heading into the Australasian summer.”
“I may not be heading to any overseas qualifying school this year but the win here will certainly assist me financially but more importantly mentally as I try and secure my Australasian and One Asia tour card over the coming months,” said Fox.
Fox will earn a cheque of some $36,000, the biggest of his career.
Overnight leader Steve Leaney finished with a one over par 73 in today’s final round to finish in a share of fourth with Matthew Millar, two shots outside the playoff.
Matthew Stieger finished strongly with a six under par 66 to finish in 6th, while joint round one leader Matthew Griffin finished a further shot behind in outright seventh.