Ryan Fox secured his second DP World Tour title of the season as he carded a final round 68 on the Old Course at St Andrews to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The New Zealander started the day four shots behind Englishman Richard Mansell, but made a charge on the front nine as he went out in 33, three under par. Three further birdies followed on the back nine and he held a two-stroke lead as he stood on the tee of the famously tricky Road Hole.
The 35-year-old’s lead was cut to one after he bogeyed the 17th, but he left himself a tap-in for par on the 18th for a 15 under par total to win his third DP World Tour title, moving up to third on the DP World Tour Rankings in partnership with Rolex.
This year’s tournament held extra significance for Fox as his past Team Championship partner, cricket legend Shane Warne – with whom he finished runner-up in 2021 – passed away earlier this year.
Callum Shinkwin finished in a share of second alongside 2018 Ryder Cup player Alex Noren on 14 under, with Shinkwin winning the Team Championship partnering Alex Acquavella with a final total of 37 under par.
Four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy shared fourth with Frenchman Antoine Rozner as the Northern Irishman firmed up his position at the top of the season-long standings.
Ryan Fox: “It means a lot. To be honest the only person I can really think of at the moment is (Shane) Warne. Means a lot to this event and great mates, and just a shame he’s not here. I’m going to enjoy feeling this one with the family.
“I knew where I was (on the back nine) and it’s a hard golf course to do that. It’s almost an easy golf course when you’re chasing and unfortunately like you have some chances. Bad shots are really penal those last five holes. As bad as it sounds, I was just trying not to hit really bad shots and I think I got away with it for the most part.
“I don’t think it gets any better as a golfer to be honest. Obviously winning The Open would be the next level up but to say I’ve won a tournament on the Old Course coming down the last few holes on Sunday, which so many great champions have done, not only in this event but in Opens gone past, to add my name on that list is very, very cool.”
Callum Shinkwin: “It’s a tough situation when you’ve got an amateur playing with three pros. In the first round on the first tee, I said: ‘if you don’t feel comfortable, just forget about it. Just enjoy yourself. No matter how you play, enjoy yourself.’ That’s what he did. It’s fantastic.”
Alex Acquavella: “Feels pretty amazing, have to say. Didn’t really sink in until we were walking up 18 and I saw (Callum) hit it to just off the green and I was getting comfortable at that point. It was amazing.”