Lee and Fox bounce back on final day
New Zealand golfers Danny Lee and Ryan Fox finished their Olympic campaign in Rio de Janeiro on a high note.
Lee shot a solid two under par 69 to finish 27th equal in what was an exciting week for the Kiwi number one golfer.
His round once again involved the odd bad hole mixed in with some exciting shotmaking which included five birdies.
“It was a lot better than yesterday,” said Lee who had scored a horror five over par 76 the day before.
“I was trying to hit lower and I probably tried to force myself too much. But it was a good round and good conditions.”
He said it was difficult to put the previous day’s 76 behind him.
“It’s really hard to come back from a five over round. But having one positive round to finish gives me a lot of confidence.”
Lee said he had absolutely loved the Olympic experience.
“I didn’t expect such big crowds. Golf is not popular here, so it is great to see the crowds cheering us.”
Fox also moved up the leaderboard in the final round shooting a three under 68 which placed him in a tie for 39th after four challenging rounds at the Olympic Golf Course.
“It was really good today, I played by far the best I have all week,’’ Fox said.
“It was a nice to finish this way and take some confidence from it and to prove I can foot it with the big boys.”
He said organisers had done a wonderful job on the course.
“The atmosphere has been great. I was lucky to play with a Brazilian the last two days and I have never heard a crowd cheer like that before.
“All the guys have really enjoyed it. Golf in Brazil isn’t big, but it was sold out today, so it’s just going to get bigger and bigger.”
The next Olympics are to be held at Tokyo in Japan in 2020.