Ryan Fox is “more surprised than anything else” to lead the Horizon Irish Open

Ryan Fox is the early club house leader at the Horizon Irish Open. Credit: DP World Tour.

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Ryan Fox sets first pace in the first round of the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet.

He made eight birdie shots in an 8-opening round at Co Kilkenny, Thomastown, New Zealand and held the clubhouse lead.

“I’m more surprised, to be honest, than anything else,” admitted the leader of the opening round. “I’ve been fighting it in the range for the last few days since the weekend, and certainly didn’t look like it at the beginning of the round. I made a few birdies, but I was scraping, and then on the 7th and 8th I stopped and collected, shot a great wedge shot and made a few putts. “

Discussing his Round 8, New Zealander said:

“(My) short game put me in the lead and a few good ups and downs. My wedge game was really good. I think I hit it on 7, 8, that 7, 8, 1, and 2, and then kind of birdies with a wedge, and a couple of nice putts on top of that hole. So it’s one of those days where everything was really fine and I was able to put it on the fairway for the most part, which is around this golf course, if you’re in the rough, it’s pretty hard there, which I found through the first six holes. “

Frenchman Frederic Lacroix trailed the shot at -7 after his round 65. A trio tied at six under: Antoine Rozner of France, Dale Whitnell of England and Thriston Lorenz of South Africa, respectively.

Séamas Power and Niall Kearney are currently the top Irish players after a first-round 68 for a -4 score, and they are currently ninth on the leaderboard.

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