Fox will be a late arrival for the New Zealand Open
Ryan Fox will be a late arrival for the $1 million New Zealand Open next month but that does not worry him.
The New Zealand Open, sponsored by ISPS Handa, will be held at the Millbrook and The Hills’ courses in Queenstown from March 9-12. Fox does not expect to arrive until late on Tuesday, March 7.
He is scheduled to play one tournament in Perth and two in South Africa in the three weeks beforehand but Fox said at least he will be match-hardened.
``It will be tough coming back from two weeks in South Africa and I won’t get down to Queenstown until late on Tuesday,’’ Fox said.
``But I am happy I can make it back in time. I have played Millbrook and The Hills many times and therefore I don’t need to play a practice round.”
Fox believes his game is more suited to Millbrook which will help his chances.
“You get to hit driver a little more at Millbrook. As long as I hit driver straight, that is an advantage for me.
“Both are great golf courses. I have been hit and miss around the greens at The Hills – I find them hard to read. So going to Millbrook for the final two rounds might help me.’’
This year is Fox’s first on the European Tour as a fully qualified member. The Aucklander is in his sixth year as a professional which included playing in the World Cup of Golf and Rio Olympics last year.
Fox said he would like nothing more than to add his name to the Brodie Breeze Trophy as the winner of the New Zealand Open.
“I would love to have my name on that trophy. That could be tough with my travel schedule but sometimes it is good to go in with no expectations – I can go out and if it works it works and if it doesn’t then Queenstown is an awesome place to spend a week regardless,” Fox said.