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Sep 18th, 2023

Ryan Fox wins BMW PGA at Wentworth

Claims first Rolex Series title

Ryan Fox emerged from a stacked leaderboard of world-class stars including a host of Rome-bound Ryder Cup players to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. The New Zealander recovered from a triple bogey to win the Championship at ahead of England's Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.

Ryan Fox won his first Rolex Series title as he birdied the last to post a closing 67 and lift the trophy at the BMW PGA Championship.
In doing so he became the first player from New Zealand to win the prestigious tournament and the first from his country to win a Rolex Series title.

Trailing by three shots heading into Sunday’s final round, Fox suffered an early blow to his hopes of victory with a triple-bogey seven at the third.

Fox suffered a seven at the third, but hit eight birdies for a round of 67 to finish one shot ahead on 18 under.

Hatton, who won the tournament in 2020, led by four shots at one stage but a bogey at the 15th damaged his hopes.
Rai then clipped the hole with a putt for an eagle on the 18th which would have forced a play-off.

I certainly didn't think I would be talking to you after the third hole today," Fox told Sky Sports after sealing victory.

"I've always struggled a little bit around here. I think I've snuck maybe one top 20 and struggled to make any cuts. To have a back nine like that, especially after how I started, was 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 pretty cool feeling on the last to sort of know I had one to win and actually make it."

All 12 members of Europe’s Ryder Cup side participated in the DP World Tour event. The entire team made the cut, as did Captain Luke Donald, with many in contention for victory across the weekend over the West Course.

In what was an excellent sign for Team Europe, by the time final round finished, seven of the team that will aim to reclaim the Ryder Cup trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club this month had finished in the top 10.
Among those was 2014 BMW PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who surged through the field with a 65 to finish in a share of seventh place.
Ahead of the Northern Irishman were Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Jon Rahm, and runner-up Tyrrell Hatton.
Ludvig Åberg, one of four rookies in Donald's team, led the tournament after 54 holes and finished tied in tenth place with fellow rookie Sepp Straka.

TAGS: DP World Tour, Ryan Fox, Ryder Cup 2023, Wentworth, 2023