Fox caps off a great fortnight with Jeep win

New Zealander Ryan Fox capped off a successful two weeks in Queensland by claiming the 2013 Jeep Pro-Am at RACV Royal Pines, winning a three-way playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole.

The son of All Black legend Grant Fox looks intent on forging his own identity in a hurry and brought impressive form to Royal Pines – host of the Australian PGA Championship in November – after playing in the final group with winner Nick Cullen and runner-up Peter O’Malley in last week’s Queensland Open at Brookwater, where he finished in a tie for 5th.

Ryan Fox Ryan Fox (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The big-hitting Fox trailed overnight leader Stephen Leaney by six strokes but closed with a seven-under par 65 to post a 15-under total which would be matched by fellow Kiwi Gareth Paddison and Victorian Anthony Brown, who birdied the final hole to book his place in the playoff.

A birdie on the first playoff hole sealed victory for Fox and a lucrative payday of $36,300. It was biggest win of a young career which has also netted back to back Fijian Open titles in recent years.

“I really can’t believe it” Fox said after the winning putt dropped. “This is no doubt the biggest win of my career and to do it by beating such a quality field really does help with my confidence heading into the Australasian summer.”

“Jeep have really been great supporters of golf on many levels over the past two years and although I may not be heading to any overseas qualifying school this year, the win here will certainly assist me financially but more importantly, mentally, as I try and secure my Australasian and One Asia tour card over the coming months,” he said.

Leaney finished with a one-over 73 in the final round to finish in a share of 4th with Matthew Millar at 13-under.

Matthew Stieger shot a final round six-under 66 to finish 6th, while Victorian Matthew Griffin finished a further shot behind in outright 7th.