Fox into top ten on Australasia order of merit

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 10:21 03/12/2012
Ryan Fox
IAIN MCGREGOR/Fairfax NZ
TOP TEN: His performance at the NSW PGA Championship has seen Ryan Fox crack the top ten of Australasia's order of merit.

Relevant offers

Golf

Strong Europe team favoured in Ryder Cup South Korea's Mi Jung Hur wins LPGA event Kiwi golfer David Smail off the pace at Japan Open Lee Westwood maintains upward momentum Steven Alker to miss cut at Tour Championship Home of golf votes to allow female memebers Alker off to slow start in final Web.com event Adam Scott parts ways with caddie Williams Women may finally enter St Andrews clubhouse Rory McIlroy wins top PGA of America award

Ryan Fox is the fourth New Zealand golfer to break into the top-10 on the PGA Tour of Australasia's order of merit after finishing in a two-way tie for fourth at the $100,000 New South Wales PGA Championship.

Fox had rounds of 67, 70, 71, and 70 to finish at 10-under 278, five shots behind New South Welshman Matt Stieger, and collect $A4550 for his week's work at the Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club.

That takes the rookie Auckland professional to No 9 on the order of merit with $47,081 from eight tournaments, still well behind compatriot Michael Hendry who, with $206,833 from seven events, leads from Australia's world No 5 Adam Scott, whose $180,000 came from his victory at the Australian Masters last month.

Kiwi Mark Brown is third with $141,287 while fellow Wellingtonian Gareth Paddison occupies sixth spot, with $81,979.

All four players will be among the field for the much higher profile $1.25 million Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, starting Thursday, where Scott, world No 5 Justin Rose, and eight-time major champion Tom Watson are among the headline names.

Also in the field at The Lakes is 19-year-old New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom, who finished tied for 18th at the NSW championship and collected his first pay cheque as a professional, a mere $1190.

The Australian turned pro after victory at Clearwater eight days ago, when his amateur status prevented him from claiming the $80,000 winner's cheque.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Would you be happy to pay for PGA Tour coverage online?

Absolutely. I'll do whatever it takes to watch golf.

It depends on how good the service is.

If it's not on TV, I won't watch it.

What? The PGA Tour's not going to be on Sky TV?

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content