Ryan Fox tied for 20th, four shots off leaders at US Open

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has come through a difficult opening day at the US Open in New York, currently sitting in a tie for 20th, four shots off the leaders.

Starting his day on the 10th hole, Fox got off to a poor start, coming away with a bogey, before another blemish on the 15th.

However, a birdie on the 16th saw the Kiwi complete his first nine holes at +1.

Another bogey on the second hole saw Fox drop again, before salvaging his effort with another birdie, this time on the fifth.

Fox would end the opening day with two more bogeys, on the seventh and ninth, coming away with a score of +3 for the round.

At the top of the leaderboard, the quartet of Americans Scott Percy, Russell Henley and Dustin Johnson, as well as England's Ian Poulter lead the way, ending their first round at -1.

Meanwhile, former world number one Tiger Woods has endured a dreadful opening display, sitting tied for 102nd after a first round score of 78 sees him at +8.

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)
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Tiger Woods staying on his 'dinghy', a 155-foot yacht, to avoid traffic at this year's US Open

Tiger Woods is staying in what he calls his "dinghy" to combat traffic at this year's US Open at Sinnecock Hills in Long Island, New York.

The "dinghy" - a 155-foot yacht - is said to include a Jacuzzi, gym and movie theatre.

Woods' accommodation has helped him avoid the traffic that has led to commutes of close to two hours from the official hotel depending on the time of morning.

"Staying on the dinghy helps," Woods said with a grin.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 12:  Tiger Woods of the United States is interviewed during a press conference prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 12, 2018 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods. Source: Getty

Woods hasn't spent much time ashore except for being at Shinnecock Hills for his first US Open in three years.

"Sag Harbor is a cute little town," he said. "I've only been there for a few days now. I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but certainly will this week. So far, it's been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy, and just really enjoy it."

The Hamptons has no shortage of yachts, and someone suggested to Woods that it must feel odd not to have the biggest ship in New York.

"I'm not opposed to that," Woods said.

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 14: General view of Tiger Woods yacht "Privacy" on December 14, 2009 in North Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Carlos Marino/FilmMagic)
Tiger Woods' yacht 'Privacy'. Source: Getty


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Watch: 'Just do what I did!' Ryan Fox gets cheeky message from Michael Campbell ahead of US Open debut

Ryan Fox's dream of playing in his first US Open almost didn’t happen.

After a strong finish at the Italian Open, Fox, among many others, quickly made his way to the local airport to try and catch a flight back to the UK, where he was then planning to make his trip to Walton Heath for US Open qualifying.

"We ended up having a couple of flights delayed and just made our connection from Italy through Frankfurt, so literally just made the connection there, but I figured the golf clubs might not have made it," said Fox.

"We got to London at 11 o'clock and thankfully the golf clubs turned up and we got back to our place in London at about quarter past 12 and straight to bed for a drive down to Walton Heath on Monday morning."

There, Fox managed to qualify for his fourth major championship and his first US Open. A whirlwind few days but with just reward. From 12 events this year, the Kiwi has three top 10 finishes and now feels at home in the most elite tournaments of the year.

"Everything just feels a bit more comfortable and that doesn't mean I'm going to play well or anything like that. But it's nice just to be able to enjoy the experience a little bit more rather than, I think, my first couple the nerves are there and everything feels like it's going so fast. This week I'm just here to play another golf tournament," Fox explained.

Fox has taken the same qualifying route as Michael Campbell did when he famously won the US Open at Pinehurst - just New Zealand’s second major victory. He’s hoping it may well be a good omen.

"I posted on Instagram when I made it and Cambo commented on it saying, 'oh good to see you did it now just do what I did.' That's quite cool," Fox said with a smile.

"If I can half emulate what Cambo did in 2005 I’ll be happy, but, you know, there's been plenty of Cinderella stories around and hopefully it's my week."

Fox's three previous major appearances have seen him make the cut twice - once at the Open Championship and once at the PGA Championship. Last year’s appearance at the PGA impressed, heading into the final round with a chance at a top 10 finish, only to drop down the leaderboard. But, he enters this week in New York confident with his game.

"I know if I play up to my level I can there or thereabouts on Sunday. I've kind of proved that to myself at the PGA last year," he said.

"Probably the occasion, the heat, the tiredness and everything got the better of me, but there was proof there I could compete with these guys week in week out and I’d love to give myself that chance this week."

Fox tees off at 4:30am NZT on Friday morning while fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson will tee off at the earlier time of 12:46am (NZT).

It will be Fox's first appearance at the major, and he's got some advice from the 2005 champion. Source: 1 NEWS


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