Pro golfer Ryan Fox is ready for a wind-down

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013

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After spending the past month studiously avoiding water hazards, Ryan Fox is looking forward to leisurely pursuits on the Hauraki Gulf as he recuperates following a testing schedule on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

The 25-year-old Aucklander, who managed to retain his tour card after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne last month missed the cut at the season-ending Australian Open which ended at Royal Sydney yesterday - a setback that didn't detract from a solid back end of 2013.

"It's been a pretty long year and a tough year," who also finished in a tie for seventh at the New South Wales Open last weekend.

"We've got two months off before the Aussie tour starts again so I'm definitely taking December off.

"I'll just relax and do a bit of fishing ands surfing and some fun stuff and hopefully let the body recover a bit. Everything's starting to get a bit sore."

Fox said he would pack his clubs in the boot, though only to facilitate a couple of low-key rounds with his mates.

I'll stop the practice side of things for a little bit and just go out and playing golf with some mates for a bit of fun."

Fox watched the last two rounds of the Open from his base in Sydney before returning home.

"I'm really happy with the last three weeks. The PGA Championship was disappointing but I probably needed to play bad there on order to sort a few things out."

A regular New Zealand representative before he turned professional last year, Fox also had the weekend off at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast after a poor second circuit.

The arrival of Fox's father Grant as caddie for the Masters helped orchestrate am impressive turn around after the former All Black legend focused on his son's mental approach.

"He did a good job at the Masters," said Fox, who had his coach Marcus Wheelhouse on the bag at the Open.

"He's had some knee issues in the past which has prevented him from caddying as much as he'd have liked to and obviously he's pretty busy now with the All Blacks job (as a selector)."

Naturally Dad was instrumental in Fox taking up golf after an obligatory go at rugby at Kings College where, inevitably, he played No.10 for the 1st XV.

"I enjoyed playing rugby. I almost didn't have a choice. I was a 10, I didn't have any choice in that," said Fox, who had to give the code away after suffering too many concussions.

Fox developed an interest in golf when Dad, who plays off four, took him to corporate days when he was 10 though he didn't play competitively until he finished high school -- and abandoned any hope of playing cricket seriously.

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The quest to fulfil his golfing ambitions resume in February and ideally culminate with a successful run at the 2014 Q-School for the PGA Tour after not making it past the first of three qualifying stages last year.

"I hope to get some OneAsia status next year but for any golfer it's the ultimate goal to get on one of the big tours whether it's Europe or the States," he said.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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