Golf: Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox holds a six-stroke lead at the DP World Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Classic


Ryan Fox of Australia plays a shot during day two of the Mallorca Open golf tournament. Photo/PA

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox will take a six-stroke lead in the final round of the Ras Al Khaimah Classic as he sets out in search of his first European Tour win.

The 211th-ranked New Zealander shot 7-under 65 in the third round on Saturday for a 54-hole total of 19-under 197.

Pablo Larrazabal (68), Adri Arnaus (66), Adrian Meronk (64) and Scott Jamieson (65) tied for second place at Al Hamra Golf Club, the final leg of the tour’s “Desert Swing.”

“My head is in a pretty good place – ask me that on the first tee tomorrow and I might get a slightly different answer,” Fox said.

“I’ve put myself exactly where I want to be and it’s all up to me tomorrow. Somebody’s gonna have to go something really low or I’m gonna have to play badly so hopefully I can keep playing like I’ve been playing these last days and put it out of reach.”

Fox missed the cut on the same course last week, the first of two back-to-back events at Al Hamra Golf Club, later revealing he was suffering from a back injury.

But a weekend of rest and treatment may have done the trick as he moved closer to what will be his second Tour victory and his first tournament win since 2019.

“I struggled with my back last week and I was fighting, everything was going through and I didn’t know where I was aiming,” he said. “To be honest, I was just trying to hit the ball and I was probably pretty happy that I had the weekend off.

“I had a lot of physio work over the weekend with the physios on the tour and then with my physio from Tuesday. It loosened everything up and I felt like I could do it again, I felt like that I could start the ball wherever I wanted and from there it was pretty easy.