NZ golfer Ryan Fox ready for relaxing Kiwi summer break after 2017 success

Fox has confirmed he will enter the 2018 NZ Open near Queenstown in March. Source: 1 NEWS


Kiwi Ryan Fox moves up golf's world rankings

New Zealand's best male golfers have continued their rise up the world rankings.

Ryan Fox is the best placed Kiwi, moving up one spot to 81st in the world.

Danny Lee has climbed six places to 124th while Nick Voke has continued his incredible first year as a pro, jumping to 327th.

Making up the top three spots are American Dustin Johnson with the top ranking followed by Englishman Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka of the US.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Ryan Fox of New Zealand tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 16, 2017 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ryan Fox Source: Getty



Famous South Canterbury golf course on verge of closing as grassroots golf struggles in NZ

The world of golf has seen an explosion in popularity over the past couple of weeks - you only need to look at the extraordinary scenes throughout the recent Tour Championship or Ryder Cup for evidence of that.

But back here, away from the elite level, the grass roots game is battling.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt could be fast approaching.

Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe went along to St Andrew’s Golf Club to get a round in and see if there’s a flicker of hope left for the 43-year-old club.

For one famous club in South Canterbury, its final putt is fast approaching. Source: Seven Sharp


Kiwi rookie Nick Voke eyeing PGA dream after making waves in China during first year as pro

Kiwi golfer Nick Voke is surging up the world rankings and eyeing a potential future in the US.

Voke has won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour of China and in his first year as a pro, has already climbed 1600 places in the world.

The 23-year-old said the wins at the Macau Qinhuangdao Championships is opening ‘incredible’ doors and opportunities for him having only joined the paying ranks in January this year, just weeks after representing New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Amateur Champs.

Not even a year on, he's already climbed from nearly 2000th in the rankings to 328th in the world, making him the fifth highest Kiwi and proud of his achievements.

“I had a goal at the start of the year where I wanted to be in the top 500 in the world golf rankings.

“I thought that was quite lofty.”

In just three starts on the Chinese tour, Voke is third on the order or merit and with two tournaments left in the schedule, is nearly assured a place on the Web.Com Tour next year in the US.

He says the new opportunity will take him further towards his ultimate dream.

“With where I want to go – ultimately I want to be on the PGA Tour – the Web.Com is definitely the stepping stone towards that path.

“I feel like with where my game is and how I’m trending and progressing, that’s certainly within my reach.”

But the Iowa State University graduate is tempering expectations once he gets there.

“At this stage, I’ve got some really good goals for this year. I’ve got certain benchmarks and key performance indicators that I’m trying to meet.”

But it’s still big steps already for the Kiwi rookie with even greener pastures on the horizon.

Voke has climbed an incredible 1600 places in the world rankings in the past year to sit 328th in the world. Source: 1 NEWS


NZ Women's Open scrapped from 2019 LPGA schedule after title sponsor withdraws

The New Zealand Women's Golf Open has suffered a hefty setback after it was announced today the tournament won't return to the LPGA tour next year as planned.

The tournament has lost its key naming rights sponsor McKayson and organisers are now aiming to have it back on the schedule in 2020.

"The 2017 New Zealand Women’s Open was a historic occasion for golf in New Zealand," said New Zealand Golf CEO, Dean Murphy.

"Bringing the LPGA Tour to New Zealand is a huge undertaking which requires significant commercial support from tournament sponsors.

"While the 2017 event was an unqualified success, we need to make prudent and financially sensible decisions for future events."

1 NEWS understands organisers are less than impressed with the apparel manufacturer who backed the inaugural event last year.

It had been hoped the New Zealand Open would be moved to early in the season, but it's believed every element will be looked at as they plan to bring it back.

The LPGA said that New Zealand proved a popular country for LPGA Tour players to visit for the inaugural event in Auckland in 2017.

"Having an event back in New Zealand would also provide a perfect opportunity for the LPGA to showcase the depth of talent on the tour as well as the beauty of New Zealand via the global television coverage," said Ricki Lasky, LPGA Senior Vice President of Tournament Business Affairs.

Canadian Brooke Henderson won last year's tournament.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko on the 1st green. Round 4. McKayson NZ Women's Open 2017. LPGA Tour. Windross Farm, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 1 October 2017. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /
New Zealand's Lydia Ko during the NZ Women's Open at Windross Farm in Auckland. Source: Photosport