Day Four recap: Ryan outfoxes the field to win NI Open

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Kiwi Ryan Fox equalled the course record at Galgorm Castle as he stormed to victory at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open in partnership with Ulster Bank.
The 29-year-old, who will represent New Zealand at the Rio Olympics, fired a nine under par 62 to finish on 19 under par, winning by four shots.
“It was a pretty good day. To be honest I played exactly how I played all week but got really hot with the putter,” said Ryan, the son of New Zealand All-Black legend, Grant Fox.
“I played really solid from tee to green the whole week. Today I left myself a lot of makeable putts, it got hot and it was nice to keep seeing the ball going in.
“I thought I was flirting with the magical number for a while, but a three putt on 16 didn’t help that.
“It’s tricky out there. If you drive it in the rough it’s brutal, I found that out a couple of times today. To shoot 62 in the last round and win is pretty awesome. I’m pretty happy.”
Tournament ambassador Michael Hoey played in the same group as Fox but never managed to get close enough to threaten the eventual winner.
“I’m happy to have done something this week. I wasn’t at my best, but I’m happy that I did something in the tournament after missing the cut the last few years and not being able to give anything to the crowds,” said Michael.

I really enjoyed playing with Ryan. He was 10 under after 15, he’s definitely a top 50 in the world player.

That was phenomenal shooting today. I thought six or seven under might be good enough but the standard out here is so high and they can shoot the scores, especially when the greens are so good.”
Hoey finished the event alone in eighth on 13 under par after a final round 68.
It was good fun out there. Most enjoyable time on the course I’ve had all year. Best I’ve played all year. I just have to take this form into the rest of the season,” added Michael who has struggled to find any real consistency on the European Tour this season.
“I felt after a few holes that I had a chance. Missing my drive on nine didn’t help (he could only manage a par to Fox’s birdie) and I lost a bit of momentum and adrenalin over the closing holes when I knew I wasn’t going to win.
“It was good to get a little bit of excitement and the crowds are always fantastic at Galgorm, they are not dissimilar to Irish Open crowds in some ways.”

The German duo of Dominic Foos (65) and Bernd Ritthammer (65), England’s Max Orrin (65) and South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli (69) finished in second.
Damien McGrane carded a final round 68 to finish tied for ninth on 11 under with Castledawson’s Chris Selfridge a shot further back on 10 under after a closing 69.
“I played my best golf of the week today, and finished with 16 pars and two birdies. I just kept burning the edge,” said the 24-year-old.
“It was just one of the those days and was a disappointing end to the tournament.
“I really didn’t play that good this week and I putted so well to be where I was this week and then the opposite happened today.
“I hit a great putt on the last and it just burned the edge. It’s so frustrating but it’s another good week I did great on Thursday to shoot even par and progressed from there. I’m disappointed, yes. but at the same time it is a good week.”

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