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Ryan Fox

Who is Ryan Fox?

He’s the leading Kiwi in men’s golf, but who is Ryan Fox? Find out more about the New Zealander with our player profile here…

 

Ryan Fox is one of the leading golfers from New Zealand, with 4 DP World Tour titles among 17 worldwide professional wins. 

Fox was born in January 1987 in Auckland, New Zealand. He was born into a sporting family, with his father playing rugby for New Zealand, while his grandfather played Test cricket for the nation as well. Golf was Fox’s chosen sport, and he turned professional in 2012, claiming his first title just a few months later. 

The Kiwi is a late bloomer when it comes to the professional game, but he has gone on to win 17 times worldwide, including four times on the DP World Tour. His first came in 2019 at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, with two more wins coming in 2022. The biggest win of Fox’s career came a year later, as he lifted the trophy at the tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

The New Zealander has represented his country on several occasions, including at the Olympic Games in both 2016 and 2020. He also played for his nation at the World Cup of Golf on two occasions. 

Ryan Fox | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Ryan Fox
Born: January 22, 1987
Nationality: New Zealand
Residence: London, England / Auckland, New Zealand

Career

Turned Pro: 2012
Professional Wins: 17
Highest World Ranking: 23 – October 9, 2022

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T26 (2023)
PGA Championship – T23 (2023)
– US Open – T41 (2018)
Open Championship – T16 (2019)

Professional Wins – 17

2012 (2) – Fiji Open, Tahiti Open
2013 (1) – Fiji Open
2014 (3) – Ask Metro Muriwai Open, Tahiti Open, John Hughes/Nexus Risk Services WA Open
2015 (2) – Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship, Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge
2016 (1) – Tayto Northern Ireland Open
2019 (1) – ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
2020 (1) – Briscoes Wairakei Pro-Am Invitational
2021 (3) – Clubroom Gulf Harbour Open, Autex Muriwai Open, Briscoes Wairakei Pro-Am Invitational
2022 (2) – Ras Al Khaimah Classic, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
2023 (1) – BMW PGA Championship

Achievements and Awards

PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year – 2019
PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit Winner – 2019
Charles Tour Order of Merit Winner – 2021
DP World Tour Player of the Year – 2022

Ryan Fox | What’s In His Bag?

Fox is a Srixon/Cleveland staffer, playing the SX5 driver, along with ZXU and ZX7 irons. A pair of Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges and the Srixon Z Star XV ball also feature in the New Zealander’s bag. 

You can read our full piece on what is in Foxy’s bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ryan Fox

When and where was Ryan Fox born?

Ryan Fox was born in Auckland, New Zealand in January 1987. He grew up in a sporting family, and chose golf in the end over plenty of other choices. 

When did Ryan Fox turn professional?

Ryan Fox turned professional in 2012, and is a late bloomer when it comes to golf. He was into his 30s by the time he made it onto the DP World Tour. 

How many DP World Tour titles has Ryan Fox won?

As of February 2024, Ryan Fox is a four-time winner on the DP World Tour. His most recent victory is also the biggest of his career, after he claimed a first Rolex Series title. He won the DP World Tour’s flagship tournament – the BMW PGA Championship – in September 2023. 

Who is Ryan Fox dating/married to?

Ryan Fox is in a relationship with Anneke Ryff, with the pair getting married in 2019. They have two daughters – Isobel and Margot. 

Did you Know?

Players Ace

The Kiwi became just the 14th golfer in history to record a hole-in-one on the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. He did so at the 2024 Players Championship. 

Sporting Family

Fox is not the first sporting star in his family. He’s not even the second…

His father, Grant, was a star for the All Blacks. He was a part of the New Zealand side that won the 1987 Rugby World Cup. His grandfather, Merv Wallace, played Test cricket for New Zealand in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, playing 13 Test matches for his country. 

Kiwi Olympian

Fox has played in the Men’s Golf competitions at both the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, representing his native New Zealand. His best finish came in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where he finished T39.

Other Ryan Fox Articles

Rules, Rory and Ryan Fox: Everything from The Players Championship opening day

Ryan Fox: ‘The Masters has always been on my bucket list’

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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