Ryan Fox has broken the course record at Gulf Harbour Country Club on his way to winning the inaugural Gulf Harbour Open today.
Fox has fired a final round of 10-under 62 to finish at 23-under par for the tournament to win by a whopping seven strokes over Josh Geary and local hero, James Hydes.
After carding rounds of 67, 70, and 66, Fox started the final round a shot back of overnight leader Ben Campbell but quickly made his intentions clear with a birdie at the opening hole to tie Campbell’s lead.
He took command of the tournament on the second hole with another birdie with Campbell making bogey, and Fox would never look back.
He made pars at the third and fourth holes before making back-to-back eagles at the fifth and sixth holes to separate himself and the rest of the field.
He would par the remaining holes on the front nine and made the turn at six-under and hold a sizeable lead.
Fox began the back in similar fashion to the front making three birdies on the trot on the 10th, 11th, and 12th holes to get to nine-under for the day.
He picked up another with a birdie at the 16th and needed to eagle the par 5 17th and birdie the 18th to shoot the magical number of 59.
He could only manage par up the final two holes, but it was good enough to break the course record which was equaled by amateur Sam Jones in the second round.
Fox says it was special to win on the Charles Tour for the first time since 2014 and hit some great shots under some pressure.
“I felt like a score like this was coming. I played great in the first round with the exception of one hole and played great yesterday but felt as though I left a lot out there.
“It was nice to get it going early and hit some great shots coming home. It’s a really nice feeling,” he said.
Fox told 1 NEWS he had felt "a little bit rusty" earlier in the week but was pleased with his performance today.
"It was really good to do what I did today from one shot back and under pressure. To execute the way I did means a lot going forward," Fox said.
The European Tour professional said the win was extra special being that it was not only in front of his home supporters, but his newly born three-month-old child.
“They both came out yesterday and the little one got a little bit sunburnt yesterday and Frazer [Bond] was nice enough to give them a cart to drive around the back nine today and it was really cool to see them out there.
“To have my first win the little one was a really special feeling. She decided to wake us up at 4am this morning and I thought it was going to be one of those days but I think it might have been a good omen instead,” Fox laughed.