When it comes to motivation, Ryan Fox hasn’t learned much from being beaten for Presidents’ Cup captain a few weeks ago.
However, as he ran the Old St. Andrews Course to the tune of 4-68 to take Sunday’s only win at Alfred Dunhill Links, Fox was spurred on by something else: his late professional partner.
“Honestly, the only person I can really think about at the moment is Warney,” Fox told Channel 18.th green afterwards.
Fox, the 35-year-old son of New Zealand rugby player Grant Fox, has paired with Australian cricket legend Shane Warne several times, including last year when the duo finished second. This marked the last appearance of Warne, a regular at Dunhill Links, who died of a suspected heart attack last March at the age of 52.
“There was definitely some extra motivation this week,” Fox later added. “Maybe not so much the Presidents’ Cup, but an attempt to do something special for Warney … and I’m very proud that I was able to do it.”
Fox, who finished last year at No. 213 in the world rankings, is now expected to climb into the top 25, narrowly missing out on the Master’s spot after invitations are handed out to the world’s top 50 at the end of the year. It was a career year for Fox, who was runner-up three times and had two wins.
But upon entering the Dunhill Links, Fox was in a month-long slump, which could explain why the long-range Fox didn’t get the nod to get into International Team Captain Trevor Immelman’s 12-man squad in Quayle Hollow’s bomber paradise for the last time. a week. He had two missed cuts and a BMW PGA withdrawal between his last three starts before winning his third career DP World Tour title.
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The key to fixing the ship? Some help from above.
“I definitely feel that [Warne] was there with me today,” Fox said. “Of course, I did it several times this week. It has always been a special week for me. For the last four years, I think, I played with Warney, who was one of my childhood idols. He loved this tournament very much. The last time I saw him, we were here last year and finished second in the team standings… and he was absolutely thrilled and they crashed after too much Red Bull vodka the night before, as he usually did here.
“Many have missed him this week, especially me. It was a weird feeling at the beginning of the week, but it also felt like he was helping out there and it certainly felt good to do that for him this week.”
Asked what Warne would have said to him on Sunday night, Fox explained, “Honestly, I probably can’t say what he would have said knowing Warney.”
He then offered some: “But he will also try to figure out how much Red Bull Vodka we can get in this trophy, which I think is quite a lot.”