Golf: Kiwi Ryan Fox makes promising start in PGA Phoenix Open opening round at Scottsdale

Kiwi Ryan Fox has consolidated a top-five standing after almost two complete rounds of the weather-affected PGA Phoenix Open, sitting at 11 under par after along day on the Scottsdale cours at Arizona.

After frost suspended play on the opening day, golfers faced a make-up day, with two rounds scheduled, but Fox quickly put himself on the right side of the scorecard, with three birdies on the front nine holes.

Ryan Fox in action at the Phoenix Open.
Ryan Fox in action at the Phoenix Open. Photo credit: Getty Images

He gave back two of those shots with bogeys at 10 and 12, but regained them both on the par-five 13th, where his second shot found the green and he holed the 88ft putt for eagle.

Back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th propelled him into a share of sixth with American Daniel Berger.

Canadian Nick Taylor set the early pace with an 11-under 60, featuring 11 birdies, but immediately handed one back, with a bogey on the opening hole of his second round.

Taylor ended the opening round five shots clear of Americans Andrew Novak, Maverick McNealy, Dough Ghim and Sahith Teegala, all carding 65.

Fox had plenty of chances to make headway during the second round, missing two eagle opportunities and several birdies. 

Shots gained on the 13th and 15th holes were quickly given back on the 14th and 16th, but birdies on the 18th, third and fifth improved his standing to eight under par, tied for fifth with Americans Justin Thomas, Cameron Young and world No.1 Scottie Scheffler.

Bad light eventually stopped play with Fox still three holes short of completing his second round, so he faced an early start in the morning.

Novak has joined Taylor in a tie for the lead at 11 under, McNealy a stroke back and Ghim another in arrears.