Ryan Fox (NZL) came from behind to win the fourth DP World Tour Rolex Series event, the BMW PGA Championship ($9 million).
Fox came from behind to win the DP World Tour’s BMW PGA Championship at the par-72 Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, on Sunday (Aug. 18).
Entering the final round in a tie for fourth place, three strokes off the lead, Fox made a triple bogey on the par-4 third hole. His tee shot went wide right and into the penalty area, and he was assessed a one-stroke penalty before reteeing. However, things didn’t go so well as his second shot went into the bunker around the green. He ended up with a triple bogey.
With a huge deficit, Fox wasn’t about to give up. He bounced back with birdies on the front six (par-4) and eighth (par-4). Regrouping, Fox went on a “birdie binge” in the second half.
He birdied three in a row on the back nine (10-12), then added back-to-back birdies on 14-15. She added a birdie on the par-5 18th to complete the dramatic come-from-behind victory. Play was halted for 83 minutes due to thunderstorms, but that didn’t deter Fox.메이저사이트
The victory was the veteran Fox’s fourth on the DP World Tour. First win in the Rolex Series. It is the first time a New Zealander has won the Rolex Series.
“I never thought I was going to win after the third hole,” said Fox. I didn’t think about it at all. I thought maybe I could finish in the top 20, but the back nine was amazing. I didn’t miss any shots, all my putts went in.”
Two weeks ago, he was 45th on the DP World Tour Race to Dubai Ranking, but a tie for third at last week’s Horizon Irish Open and a victory in this event helped him move up to third. Fox, who had two wins last year, looks to shake off his slump and qualify for the final DP World Tour event, which is only open to the top 50.
Fox revealed that both of his wife’s parents have been diagnosed with cancer and that his father-in-law finally passed away in June. He said: “When I went home, I basically couldn’t touch the club. There was just too much going on at home. In recent weeks, things have been slowly getting back to normal. I know everyone is watching here except my father-in-law, but I know he would be proud.”
Meanwhile, Kim Joo-hyung, 21, who played in the tournament, finished in a tie for 18th place with a final total of 10-under par 278. The Ryder Cup field was dominated by European players. Tyrrell Hatton (England) finished runner-up, Jon Rahm (Spain) tied for fourth at 16-under-par 272, Viktor Hovlan (Norway) tied for fifth, and Tommy Fleetwood (England) and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) tied for sixth and seventh, respectively.