Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox
  • Personal Details
    • Height: 6ft 1ins (1.85 metres)
    • DOB: 22 Jan 1987
    • Country: New Zealand
  • Tours
    • PGA Tour of Australasia

European Tour Profile

Ryan signed with ISM in April 2015, the day before he played the Volvo China Open on the European Tour.

Based in Auckland in his homeland of New Zealand, Ryan, son of New Zealand rugby legend Grant, finished fifth in the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 2014 and wasted little time in making a huge impression in Europe. 

Since turning professional in 2011, Ryan has clocked up wins at the Fiji Open and Tahiti Open in 2012 and defended his title in Fiji, as well as winning the Jeep Pro-Am, in 2013.

In 2014 he tasted further success, with victories at the Tahiti Open, Starwood Golf Classic and Western Australian Open before finishing in a share of seventh in a world-class field at the Emirates Australian Open in November.

He started 2015 with yet another win, in the Queensland PGA Championship.

On joining ISM, Ryan said: “I’m delighted to have signed with ISM. It will open up some playing opportunities in Europe and help me to reach my potential as a tournament player.

“ISM and Chubby are the perfect fit for me and I am so pleased to be a part of their team."

ISM Chief Executive Officer Chubby Chandler said: “We’re really excited to have Ryan on board and we believe he can become a force in world golf. The ambition of representing New Zealand at the Olympics will also help drive Ryan on.

“Considering he has never played regularly in Europe before, Ryan has an impressive world ranking and we look forward to helping him make real progress over the months and years ahead.”

Ryan began his stint in Europe with real confidence, picking up top-10 finishes at the Najeti Open and SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge before qualifying for The Open Championship at St Andrews at final qualifying at Gailes Links. 

He made the most of his opportunity at St Andrews. After an opening round of 72, Ryan found himself a shot outside the cut line when he resumed a weather-affected second round on Saturday.

But he produced an eagle at 14 and birdies at 16 and 18 saw him come home in 32 to shoot a 69 that moved him into 25th place.

After losing ground with a 76 Ryan ended the week with a 67 to finishing 49th in his first major.

Later that week, he broke the course record at Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil with a 62 that included an eagle and four birdies in his final six holes.

Ryan went on to secure the win - his third as a professional - with a gritty display to hold off Thomas Linard.

Another victory followed in July 2016 as Ryan finished with a round of 62 to win the Challenge Tour's Tayto Northern Ireland Open by four shots. 

He represented New Zealand as golf was reintroduced to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence, finishing in a share of 39th place in Rio. 

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