Ryan Fox has finished tied fourth at the Irish Open overnight to qualify for The British Open in two weeks time.
Fox joins Michael Hendry in qualifying for the year’s third Major championship to make it two Kiwis in the field at Royal Birkdale.
The third ranked Kiwi carded a final round four-under 68 to finish on 17-under for the tournament, seven shots behind dominant winner, Jon Rahm of Spain who recorded an impressive four eagles throughout the week.
There were three qualifying spots available this week and with Rahm already locked in for the 146th Open Championship, Fox secured one of the three places after missing out by one shot on two different occasions.
“I’m ecstatic. Third time lucky, I just missed out last week in France, and I missed out on world rankings at the Australian Open at the start of The Open Qualifying Series so I’m very, very happy to get the job done this week,” said Fox.
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“It was a great golf course this week and a lot of fun to play. I’m sure Birkdale might play a bit tougher than what we’ve got this week. I haven’t played a lot of links golf in my career, I managed to play an Open at St Andrews a couple of years ago and I loved the experience of playing links golf. I’m looking forward to the opportunity again.”
With rounds of 67, 66,70 and 68, Fox earnt $425,774 NZD this weekend to make for an exceptional two weeks on tour after his top five finish last week to pocket $812,454 NZD in just two weeks.
Not only does the last two weeks significantly help Fox’s bank balance, the 30-year-old more importantly continues to climb up the Race to Dubai standings to now sit comfortably inside the top 100 to be in 28th place and ever closer to securing his European Tour card for another season.
The exciting Rolex Series continues for Fox with the Scottish Open proving to be the perfect warm up event for the Claret Jug next week. However, players won’t be treating it as a warm up with there once again being a mammoth $7,000,000 USD on the line.
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Lee, who is the defending champion at the Greenbrier event, had two birdies with two bogies to card an even par 70 and is six shots behind leader Sebastian Munoz after three rounds.
After hitting 12 fairways in both his first two rounds, Lee lost his radar in his third round, hitting just seven. However, he continued to hit excellent approach shots and managed to cobble together an average round to stay in touch.
The Greenbrier offers four Open berths to the top four finishers who are not otherwise exempt and Lee is currently struggling to make the cut-off mark.