Ryan Fox is hitting his stride in his first full year on the European Tour upon Challenge Tour graduation in 2016.
The 30-year-old New Zealander had plenty of success on the Australasia Tour, as well, as he’s won on every level he’s played up to this point.
Signs show a European Tour win may not be far off. Fox will make his KLM Open debut riding a T9 last week at the Omega European Masters on the heels of three made cuts in a row.
Prior, Fox had an outstanding summer against strong fields. He cashed in on three straight Rolex Series events, placing sixth and twice tied for fourth at the French Open, Irish Open and Scottish Open, respectively.
His game off the tee represents the dichotomy of a stereotypical long hitter: Fox is second on the European Tour in driving distance (319.8) but is 222 of 235 qualifying golfers in accuracy (47.9 percent).
Fox is good at the bomb and gouge game reaching 11th on the European Tour in GIR (73.1 percent). Fox isn’t a great putter, but if he gives himself enough chances he can hang with the shorter, straighter hitters.
A short, links-style course may not be the ideal setup for him, but he’s played well enough to warrant attention wherever he goes.