Ryan Fox has completed a career best result on the European Tour to finish in a tie for third at the Maybank Championship this evening.

With three early rounds of matching 68’s, Fox went even deeper when it counted by recording a final round of six-under par, 66.

It was clear that the Auckland professional had a love-affair with the opening hole at the Saujana Golf & Country Club, playing the par five a total of six-under for the week. This included an eagle on the final round to spark his charge, but the most memorable moment of his week will be his albatross (two) with a six iron from 195 metres in round three.

With this, Fox also pockets a handsome $230,000 NZD for his efforts, adding to his $2,000,000 NZD total in 2017.

Any chances of a maiden European Tour victory were quickly washed away by a spectacular final round performance from Shubhankar Sharma who made 10 birdies on his way to a round of ten- under, 62 to finish two shots clear of second place.

Fox now travels to Lake Karrinyup Country Club for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth from 8-11 February where he will join Mike Hendry and more in hope for a Kiwi victory.

Two Cards in Two Weeks for Toomey

After claiming his China Tour status last week, Luke Toomey is back in the headlines once again by earning his full PGA Tour Series - China status.

Don’t be confused, they are two separate tours with the China Tour creating a pathway to the European Tour, while the PGA Tour of China provides the opportunity to progress onto the Web.com Tour.

Toomey who has consistently been one of New Zealand’s top amateurs, completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds of the week. Having been eight-over par for the tournament after 11 holes into the second round, his third round of four-under par (68) got him back on track to finish 11th with the top 15 earning status.

“I’m pretty relieved and also ecstatic just to be back in form again. Starting off after a win last week, I almost kind of slacked off and maybe fell into the trap of playing with Lucas, one of my good friends,” said Toomey.

“Then I realized I was 8-over and had a bit of a chat with myself and got my head back in the game and now here I am.”

“I’m now in my second year as a pro, and what better way to start than having full status on this Tour and a direct pathway to the PGA TOUR. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and I feel like the wheels are in motion now and I’m really excited about the year ahead.”

His next goal will be to finish the season inside the top five on the Order of Merit standings where he would then earn his Web.com Tour card.

Toomey will return home to New Zealand where he will be playing the Horizon Golf NZPGA Championship and is hoping for an invite to the  ISPS Handa New Zealand Open.

Article written by George Harper