Ryan Fox goes low at Al Hamra as Brandon Stone SNAPS CLUB on 18!

New Zealand's Ryan Fox holds a two stroke lead after 18 holes at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic on the DP World Tour. 

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Thu, 10 Feb 2022
Ryan Fox goes low at Al Hamra as Brandon Stone SNAPS CLUB on 18!

New Zealand's Ryan Fox carded the best round of his DP World Career to take the day one lead at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic. 

Fox fired a 9-under 63 at Al Hamra Golf Club and holds a two stroke lead over Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia. 

Despite suffering with a back injury last week, Fox looks well as he made 10 birdies and a solitary bogey which saw him rise to the top. 

Fox has carded a 63 before, but that was at the 2018 Scottish Open and on a par-70 layout. 

This is only the third time he has held the first round lead in the entirety of his DP World Tour career. 

Fox said: "I just need to try to keep doing what I’m doing. I worked hard today on just focussing on every shot, obviously my body felt a bit better today than last week, felt like I could do what I wanted to do and I wasn’t fighting it so hopefully I wake up tomorrow feeling good and I can keep doing what I’m doing."

England's Richard Bland has started well again. He recently lost in a playoff to Viktor Hovlad at the Dubai Desert Classic after Rory McIlroy crumbled down the stretch. 

Scotland's Bob MacIntyre finds himself on the same score as Bland (6-under) after 18 holes. 

South Africa's Brandon Stone had an unfortunate finish. He went for the green with his second shot at the par-5 18th. 

But unfortunately he sliced it high and right into the water. The aftermath was not pretty. He was seen launching his fairway wood into the turf. 

His round, however, did include a wonderful hole out for eagle at the fifth hole. 

Leaderboard after 18 holes

Ryan Fox -10

Ricardo Gouveia -7

Yannik Paul -6

Francesco Laporta -6

Andrew Wilson -6

Richard Bland -6

Sebastian Soderberg -6

David Drysdale -6

Bob MacIntyre -6

Jason Scrivener -6

Joost Luiten -6

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