Fox’s hunt for DP World Tour history continues in Mallorca

Ronan MacNamara

Ryan Fox (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Ryan Fox continues his hunt to become the first Kiwi winner of the DP World Tour Rankings as the World Number 25 tees it up at the Mallorca Golf Open, where a victory would move him to second place and within touching distance of leader Rory McIlroy in the season-long list.

The New Zealander has had a career-defining season in 2022, his second victory of the campaign earlier this month at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship helping catapult him into contention to win the DP World Tour Rankings in partnership with Rolex.

Fox currently sits in third place, behind leader McIlroy and second-placed Matt Fitzpatrick, and he requires a strong finish to the season to make history for his home nation and be crowned the Tour’s number one player.

He is joined in the field this week by Spanish hero Rafa Cabrera Bello, as well as the defending champion Jeff Winther of Denmark, as Son Muntaner Golf Club hosts the event for the first time – capping off a three-week Spanish swing on the DP World Tour.

“I feel after last week it’s hard to know how my game is, I missed the cut by one after doubling the last. I hit a lot of good shots and probably didn’t get rewarded for them, but then I probably didn’t see 19 under like Adrian shot last week.

“I think the game is close, it’s just getting comfortable again. It’s been a funny few weeks, obviously I had a win in there and then a few missed cuts too so hopefully I find the good stuff not that bad stuff this week.

“It’s quite a bit different to what I expected, I think you come over here expecting resort, wide-open golf and it’s definitely not that. It’s quite narrow in places, there’s a lot of trouble in places as well. I think it’s going to be hard to pick the score this week.

“I think it could be quite spread scoring, there’s a lot of trouble and it’s narrow but the greens are soft so you can fire at flags if you do get it in play. I think it will be a low winning score this week but potentially it will be quite spread out like last week.

“To be honest I’m trying not to do anything different. I’ve been really good this year at not thinking about the external stuff, just thinking about trying to beat the golf course I’m playing and one shot at a time. I know that’s cliched but there’s a reason for that, it works.

“I want to give those guys a run, I’ve got to do something pretty impressive at the back end of the year to get past Rory and Fitz, but stranger things have happened and I’ll just be doing my thing, not trying to do anything different because it’s obviously worked pretty well for me this year.”

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