Golf: Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox on 'spine-tingling' Tiger-mania at PGA Championship

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has described the final day crowd at the PGA Championship as the best he has ever played in front of.

Fox finished with a career-best 'Major' result in a tie for 27th, but it was the craziness around him that piqued his interest on a dramatic day in St Louis.

Golfing great Tiger Woods came within two shots of his first PGA Tour win in a decade, finishing at 14 under par - alone in second place, behind winner American Brooks Koepka.

Fox headed back onto the course, after completing his round to follow Woods' dramatic run, a flashback to days of old, as he chased down the unflappable Koepke.

Fox told RadioLIVE he got chills as the crowd went into a state of frenzy on the back nine.

"It was just ridiculous," Fox said. "It's the best atmosphere I have seen at an event and this is my sixth Major.

"The crowds were by far the best and biggest I have ever played in front of. I was about 100 yards behind the green on the 12th hole, when Tiger nailed the long putt.

"The roar was just deafening. It was spine-tingling and I'm sure that was comparable to the roars he got back in his prime, a decade ago.

"It just adds a huge buzz around the place when he is playing, let alone in contention."

Tiger Woods and his final round playing partner Gary Woodland.
Tiger Woods and his final round playing partner Gary Woodland. Photo credit: Getty
The crowd's at Bellerive were living every moment.
The crowd's at Bellerive were living every moment. Photo credit: Getty

Fox was delighted with his result at the Bellerive Country Club, although he feels it could have been better.

"It's been a good week," Fox told RadioLIVE. "I walk off today, thinking like I left a few shots out there, so to walk away with my best result at a Major, there is plenty of golf to come for me.

"Hopefully, I can string four really good days together soon."

Fox, currently ranked 77th, has an important few months ahead, as he looks to crack the world's top 50.

That would result in automatic entry into the Masters at Augusta in 2019 and the potential of a US PGA Tour Card to boot.

The 31-year-old believes he is finally finding a level of comfort among the world's best players.

"There is a feeling of having a bit more confidence at that level," he said. "It's not as intimidating, turning up and seeing a Dustin Johnson or a Jordan Spieth or a Tiger at a big event, as it once was.

"The crowds aren't as intimidating anymore. In fact, it was actually fun this week, playing in front of such big crowds, rather than being scared if it.

"It's nice to come into these big events and enjoy myself, rather than be nervous. That's a big difference."