Sunday, February 17, 2019

Race To Dubai ET Lockup 2019
      ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
For immediate release
Sunday February 17, 2019
Fantastic Fox secures maiden win in Perth
Fox R4 Perth
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Round four report 

Ryan Fox claimed a convincing 3 and 2 victory over Adrian Otaegui to win his first European Tour title at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in Australia.
The New Zealander finished eight under par after 54 holes of stroke play in the innovative event at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, sealing a place inside the top eight and earning a bye into the second round of the six-hole knock-out stage on Sunday.  
He still had to come through 25 holes in the final round to get his hands on the trophy, going to the shoot-out hole three times to beat Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond before claiming one-hole triumphs over Norwegian Kristoffer Reitan and Ireland's Paul Dunne.
The 32-year-old Fox then jumped into a three-hole lead against Spaniard Otaegui in the final and victory was his when the fourth hole was halved in pars.
Fox's victory in his 79th European Tour event makes him the first winner from New Zealand since Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur.
In the battle for third place, Dunne was 2 up after two holes against Scott Vincent before the Zimbabwean won the fifth and sixth to take the match to the shoot-out hole.
Vincent then put his tee-shot into the grandstand for a bogey, with Dunne hitting the pin and sealing third place.
Connor Syme won the all-Scottish tie against Robert MacIntyre by one hole in the first round but lost by one hole to Gareth Paddison in the next round.
Download the full fourth round match play results here: 
Player quotes
Ryan Fox:
“I just felt really calm. Adrian helped me out on a couple of holes, but I felt really in control of things out there. It was nice to hole a couple of putts that mattered and I guess that makes it feel easy in the end.
“I always enjoyed match play as an amateur. I had a pretty decent record playing for Auckland in the Inter-provincial, and I grew up playing team sports, so you just get used to trying to beat someone and I quite like that. It's different than trying to beat the golf course.
“Wasn't too hard a switch in the end (from stroke play to match play). I guess it's nice having the added bonus if you hit a bad shot, you're only losing a hole. Although losing a hole in a six-hole match is a little harder than an 18-hole match. It's a little bit of a freer format.
“I think the event's been a success here the last few years, crowds are fantastic, and I'm sure that the concept will work in other places in the world.”
Adrian Otaegui:
“Obviously a little bit disappointed after losing the final, but it's been a good week. Second is a solid week. What I felt is that I went from low to up during the week, so that's good as well. That's a good feeling.
“It was a good day all day today. Played very good golf the first four games, just nothing went the way I wanted in the end, but still happy. I just try to give myself some birdie chances, which I did. I putted well. My short game was good as well. I just tried to go hole by hole doing my job, which I did well the first four games.”



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