Last-gasp win for Ryan Fox at BMW PGA Championship

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Ryan Fox of New Zealand poses with the trophy following victory on Day Four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Ryan Fox birdied the last to win the BMW PGA Championship by one shot and claim a maiden Rolex Series victory.

The New Zealander entered the day at Wentworth Club three shots off the lead and when he made a triple-bogey on the difficult third, he could have been forgiven for thinking that his chance had gone.

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The 36-year-old picked up two birdies on the front nine to turn in 36 and then came home in 31, birdieing the par-five 18th from six feet after laying up for a closing 67, to finish at 18 under, one clear of home favourites Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.

 

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A tie for third at last week’s Horizon Irish Open represented his best finish of 2023 and Fox now enters the history books as the first Kiwi winner of this event and follows in the footsteps of Major-winning countryman Michael Campbell, who won at the prestigious Surrey venue in the 2005 World Match Play Championship. He also moves to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex.

 

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World No 3 Jon Rahm was 16 under after a 68, one ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Viktor Hovland and two clear of Tommy Fleetwood.

Major champion Rory McIlroy made a charge through the field with a closing 65 and finished at 13 under alongside Australian Adam Scott and England’s Callum Shinkwin.

Player Quotes

Ryan Fox: I’m immensely proud. It’s such an iconic tournament. I know Michael Campbell has won around here when it was the match play event and to add to that history here and create some of my own is very special.

 

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To have a back nine like that, especially after how I started the day, it’s amazing. I played great. Pretty much didn’t miss a shot from the third hole onwards and saw a couple of putts go in and it was a pretty cool feeling on the last to sort of know I had one to win and actually make it.

I’ve got an almost three-year-old and a four-month-old standing over there and to have them here to support with a place pretty close by where we can stay at home this week just made the week.

We have been through a pretty tough year as a family. We lost my father-in-law in June after a really, really short battle with cancer and that kind of rocked the family. It’s been tough going back and forth. To come over here and have a good week in Ireland last week and this, I don’t think I could have wished for better.

I’ve done a lot of travel. I’ve played a bit in the States this year, and I think every time I’ve gone home, I’ve basically not touched my golf clubs. There’s just been so much going on at home. To have the family up the last couple of weeks, a change of scenery has been fantastic. Just had a chance to refresh and it sort of made all the difference. Everything feels a bit more normal the last couple of weeks rather than just complete chaos.