Ryan Fox of New Zealand dedicates his Triumph to his mate Shane Warne
Ryan Fox pays homage to Shane Warne, a former amateur teammate, after winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one stroke.
Together with former Australian cricketing legend Warne, who passed away earlier this year, Fox from New Zealand placed second in the team competition held in Scotland the previous year.
Fox won his third European Tour championship by shooting a final-round score of seven birdies and three bogeys on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Fox claimed that the Australian must have supported him through an anxious back nine in order to assist him secure an emotional victory. The two had developed a strong connection while playing together at the illustrious competition for the previous five years.
Fox admitted that Warne was the only one who sprang to mind right now.
“He was a fantastic friend and meant a lot to me and this occasion. It is a big loss that he is absent.”
Grant Fox, a former All Blacks player, and Fox’s mother and father were present at St. Andrews to watch an outstanding final round of 68 that moved Fox to 15 under par overall, one stroke ahead of Callum Shinkwin (67) and Alex Noren (68). (69).
Fox entered the final round four shots off the lead, but three birdies in his first seven holes helped him get on the board. The 35-year-old Kiwi then increased his lead to three strokes with three holes remaining thanks to some outstanding approach shots and greenside play.
Fox experienced a last-minute fright at the 17th hole, but he was able to reduce the loss to just one missed shot before successfully paring the last.
“Therefore, it was quite special to be able to name him a mate. When we were both in the UK, we played a little golf together. Despite his somewhat inconsistent swing, Warney was one of the individuals you wouldn’t mind having hole a putt made for you.”