New Zealand Open: Kiwi Ryan Fox in the hunt after solid opening round

Ryan Fox in action on day one of the NZ Golf Open.
Ryan Fox in action on day one of the NZ Golf Open. Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi number one Ryan Fox is in the hunt after a solid opening round at the New Zealand Open at the Millbrook course in Arrowtown.

Having arrived in the country on Wednesday after competing in Mexico last week, a jet-lagged Fox will be pleased with a three-under 68.

The 32-year-old is five strokes back from leader Zach Murray from Australia.

Fox told media after his round he was just keen for a good night's sleep after a hectic two weeks.

"I'm pretty knackered now, to be honest," Fox said. "I just had a massage and I was about to fall asleep on the table. But I actually felt pretty good on the golf course, I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm this morning feeling pretty good."

Fox was tidy throughout, bogeying only the 18th after a wayward tee shot. His four birdies backed up by a solid short game on a chilly afternoon.

Victorian resident Murray shot a scintillating eight-under 63 - his best round since turning pro late last year.

The 21-year-old cupped eight birdies in a flawless opening round.

The leading Kiwi is Tim Wilkinson at four-under while 50-year-old Michael Campbell is tied for 85th after an even-par round.


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