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Irish Open: New Zealand’s Ryan Fox surprised to lead after first round at Mount Juliet | Golf News


Ryan Fox birdied eight times, including seven in his final 11 holes, for a clean 64 opener at Mount Juliet; England’s Aaron Rai, Dale Whitnell and Jordan Smith are part of a six-under six-man squad, with Scotland’s David Law and Ewen Ferguson another blow back

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The best of the action from day one of the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet

The best of the action from day one of the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet

New Zealander Ryan Fox insisted he was surprised to find himself setting the tone at the Horizon Irish Open, despite his brilliant form this season.

Fox birdied eight times, including seven on his final 11 holes, to score a clean 64 opening at Mount Juliet and enjoy a one-shot lead over Frederic Lacroix, Jorge Campillo, Fabrizio Zanotti and Marcel Schneider.

England’s Aaron Rai, Dale Whitnell and Jordan Smith were part of a six-under-six field, with Scotland’s David Law and Ewen Ferguson another blow back.

Fox, who lost a 2018 Irish Open play-off to Scotsman Russell Knox, won the Ras Al Khaimah Classic in February, finished second at the Soudal Open and the Netherlands Open. Bas and finished third in the BMW International on Sunday.

“To be honest, I’m more surprised than anything,” said the world number 56. “I’ve been fighting him at the range for the past few days and a 64 certainly didn’t look likely at the start of the round.

“I had a few birdies but gave up and hit a great corner on my eighth hole (the 17th) and also made a few putts. So just one of those days that shows how Patience is important in a game of golf.

Ryan Fox said that 64

Ryan Fox said 64 ‘didn’t seem likely’ early in his round

“After six holes I felt like two cents would have been a great score. And then the last 10 holes I felt like I could have shot anything, to be honest.

“I really like this course, even though it kicked my ass last year. And I feel like if you hit good shots you can score and if you hit bad shots you can score. are penalized. And I think that is the sign of a good golf course.

“I feel really comfortable with where my game is at, which probably hasn’t happened for a few years here now, and that’s obviously the recipe for success. I’ve gotten closer a few times in recent years. weeks. It sure would be nice to have another one on the line.”

Irish Open: New Zealand's Ryan Fox surprised to lead after first round at Mount Juliet | Golf News

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Niall Kearney and Seamus Power lead the challenge at home after leveling rounds of 68, Power holeing 27 feet for a birdie on the ninth, his final hole, after taking a par-two six on the front nine.

“It was interesting,” said world number 36 Power. “The putt at the end makes you feel better after a few sloppy mistakes before that, but overall very satisfied.”

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington posted a 70-under just four days after winning the US Senior Open, while 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry had to settle for a 71.

“It’s a shame with the finish,” said Harrington, who missed two of his last three holes. “Maybe I’m a bit tired. Who knows. It’s just part of the game, isn’t it?

“I knew there would be some tough times this week no matter what, that I would struggle. So I’m not going to worry about that. Get some sleep tonight. Get up in the morning and hopefully -it, get down low.”




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