Ryan Fox earned his maiden European Tour title at the ISPS World Super 6 Perth on Sunday, defeating Adrian Otaegui 3&2 in the final
Ryan Fox overame Adrian Otaegui in the final at Lake Karringyup in convincing fashion after claiming narrow victories over Jazz Janewattananond, Kristoffer Reitan and Paul Dunne.
In doing so, the multiple Challenge Tour winner has become the first New Zealander to win since Danny Lee claimed the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur.
"I've been close a couple of times and it was certainly nice to get one over the line today in a place I hold pretty special," said Fox afterwards, who was denied in a play-off by Russell Knox at the Irish Open last season.
Fox battled his way to the final in an admitted 'scrappy fashion'. The New Zealander needed three trips to the shootout hole in his first match against Jazz Janewattananond, and was lucky that his opponent missed a three-footer for the win before he replied with a similar shot on the next hole to go through to the next day.
Against Reitan, Fox got up and down for par on the final hole for a 1up win, and won against Paul Dunne by the same margin.
In the final, a fortunate bounce out of the trees on the first hole played to his advantage, and an up and down par from the back of the green was enough to put him ahead.
Otaegui then put himself in to the fairway bunker on the par-five next, and Fox once more pushed ahead after finding the green in two. Up by two, Fox converted a 15-footer for birdie on the third to increase his advantage, and the pair shook hands after sharing pars on the fourth.
"There was some scrappy stuff in there but I got out of trouble when I needed to and I played great today in the final," Fox said. "Adrian didn't quite play to his best this afternoon but I'm quite happy to take advantage of that.
"I drove the ball very well most of the week and managed to do that today."
Paul Dunne triumphed in the battle for third place against Scott Vincent on the shootout hole.