European Tour

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

Round 1

Fantastic Fox charges ahead in Ballyliffin

July 05, 2018

Ryan Fox carded a five under par 67 to take the first round lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation – the fourth Rolex Series event of the season – with Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Danny Willett among those a shot back.

Fantastic Fox charges ahead in Ballyliffin, © Getty Images

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The New Zealander, who showed his class on links courses last year with consecutive fourth-placed finishes at Royal Portstewart and Dundonald Links, carded six birdies and one bogey to sit one ahead of a chasing pack which includes three-time Major winner Harrington, 2016 Masters Champion Willett and 23-time European Tour winner Westwood.

“I hit driver a lot, and there are a lot of patches of rough. I drove it nicely. I think I probably only hit five or six fairways, but missed them in the right places and hit a lot of good drives that just ran through fairways so I gave myself a lot of chances," said Fox.

“I'd love to be in The Open and Carnoustie is one of the best golf courses in the world I think and I'd love the chance to play there in an Open. As good a start as I can have, really, and hopefully three more rounds and if I can sneak in that top five like last year and get an Open spot, that would be great.”

Harrington, who holds the record for the most top-ten finishes in Dubai Duty Free Irish Open history with eight, chipped in for eagle on the par-five 17th before making three birdies in four holes over the back nine to sign for a 68.

“There was some good and bad but on a links golf course you could get away with that at times, and I knew I could create some opportunities out there. Thankfully, my short game was good enough to handle the odd bad shot and I hit plenty of good ones."

“It definitely plays into my strengths. I think a lot of times, a lot of tournaments I play now would be the opposite. The whole field plays it a certain way and you know, maybe the most orthodox player tends to have an advantage, which I suppose is right but when it comes to links golf that's not the case."

Joining Harrington on four under par after 18 holes are a French duo of Adrien Saddier and Matthieu Pavon, and an English trio Robert Rock, Ashley Chesters and Westwood, while tournament host Rory McIlroy sits three off the lead after carding a two under par first round of 70 at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

“It could have been a lot better," said McIlroy. "It’s the best I have hit the ball in a long time. I put the ball in play, what I needed to do, and drove the ball very well. My iron play was good. I just struggled on the greens. It was either I hit good putts and just didn't read them right, or sometimes it was maybe a reaction to putts I had hit previously on a couple holes earlier."

“I just got into my head a little bit. I held some decent putts. I held a couple of good ones for par. I held a nice one on 12 for birdie but I'm going to need to putt a little bit better over the next three days to have a chance.”

Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
1
Ryan Fox
NZL
-5
67
T2
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
68
T2
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
T2
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
T2
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
68
T2
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
T2
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
68
T2
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
68
T9
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
T9
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
T9
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-3
69
T9
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
69
T9
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
T9
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
69
T9
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T9
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
69
T18
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
70
T18
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
70
T18
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
70
T18
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
70
T18
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-2
70
T18
Peter Uihlein
USA
-2
70
T18
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
T18
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
T18
Ryan Evans
ENG
-2
70
T18
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
70
T18
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
70
T18
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
70
T30
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
T30
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
71
T30
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
71
T30
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
T30
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
71
T30
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
71
T30
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
71
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
T30
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
71
T30
Peter Hanson
SWE
-1
71
T30
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T30
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
71
T30
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
71
T30
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
71
T44
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
72
T44
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
72
T44
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
72
T44
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
72
T44
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
72
T44
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
72
T44
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
72
T44
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
72
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
72
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
72
T44
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
72
T44
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
72
T44
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
72
T44
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
72
T44
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
72
T44
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
72
T44
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
72
T44
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
T44
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
Par
72
T44
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
T44
Simon Thornton
IRL
Par
72
T44
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
72
T66
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
73
T66
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
73
T66
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
73
T66
Colm Moriarty
IRL
1
73
T66
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
1
73
T66
David Howell
ENG
1
73
T66
David Lipsky
USA
1
73
T66
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
73
T66
Gavin Green
MAS
1
73
T66
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
73
T66
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
T66
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
T66
James Morrison
ENG
1
73
T66
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
T66
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
73
T66
Jordan Smith
ENG
1
73
T66
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
73
T66
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
73
T66
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T66
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
T66
Paul McGinley
IRL
1
73
T66
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
73
T66
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
73
T66
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T66
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T66
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
73
T92
Andrea Pavan
ITA
2
74
T92
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
74
T92
Brandon Stone
RSA
2
74
T92
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
74
T92
Daniel Brooks
ENG
2
74
T92
David Horsey
ENG
2
74
T92
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
74
T92
Jon Rahm
ESP
2
74
T92
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
T92
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
74
T92
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
74
T92
Rak Cho
KOR
2
74
T92
Richard Bland
ENG
2
74
T92
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
74
T92
Steven Brown
ENG
2
74
T92
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
74
T108
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
75
T108
Austin Connelly
CAN
3
75
T108
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
75
T108
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
75
T108
Darren Clarke
NIR
3
75
T108
Justin Walters
RSA
3
75
T108
Laurie Canter
ENG
3
75
T108
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
75
T108
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
T108
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
3
75
T108
Nico Geyger
CHI
3
75
T108
Renato Paratore
ITA
3
75
T108
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
75
T108
Scott Fernandez
ESP
3
75
T108
Sebastien Gros
FRA
3
75
T123
Adam Bland
AUS
4
76
T123
Cian McNamara
IRL
4
76
T123
David Drysdale
SCO
4
76
T123
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
4
76
T123
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
76
T123
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
76
T123
Julian Suri
USA
4
76
T123
Julien Guerrier
FRA
4
76
T123
Marcus Fraser
AUS
4
76
T123
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
4
76
T123
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
76
T134
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
77
T134
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
77
T134
Mark Foster
ENG
5
77
T134
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
5
77
T134
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
77
T134
Sam Brazel
AUS
5
77
T134
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
77
T141
Brett Rumford
AUS
6
78
T141
Chase Koepka
USA
6
78
T141
Neil O'Briain
IRL
6
78
T141
Pedro Oriol
ESP
6
78
T141
Scott Hend
AUS
6
78
T141
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
78
T141
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
78
T148
Bradley Neil
SCO
7
79
T148
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
79
T150
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
80
T150
Daniel Im
USA
8
80
T150
Henric Sturehed
SWE
8
80
T150
Matt Wallace
ENG
8
80
T150
Nino Bertasio
ITA
8
80
155
Jason Norris
AUS
10
82
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
-
Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
1
Ryan Fox
NZL
-5
67
T2
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
68
T2
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
T2
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
T2
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
68
T2
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
T2
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
68
T2
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
68
T9
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
T9
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
T9
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-3
69
T9
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
69
T9
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
T9
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
69
T9
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T9
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
69
T18
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
70
T18
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
70
T18
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
70
T18
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
70
T18
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-2
70
T18
Peter Uihlein
USA
-2
70
T18
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
T18
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
T18
Ryan Evans
ENG
-2
70
T18
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
70
T18
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
70
T18
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
70
T30
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
T30
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
71
T30
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
71
T30
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
T30
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
71
T30
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
71
T30
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
71
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
T30
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
71
T30
Peter Hanson
SWE
-1
71
T30
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T30
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
71
T30
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
71
T30
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
71
T44
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
72
T44
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
72
T44
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
72
T44
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
72
T44
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
72
T44
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
72
T44
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
72
T44
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
72
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
72
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
72
T44
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
72
T44
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
72
T44
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
72
T44
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
72
T44
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
72
T44
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
72
T44
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
72
T44
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
T44
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
Par
72
T44
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
T44
Simon Thornton
IRL
Par
72
T44
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
72
T66
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
73
T66
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
73
T66
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
73
T66
Colm Moriarty
IRL
1
73
T66
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
1
73
T66
David Howell
ENG
1
73
T66
David Lipsky
USA
1
73
T66
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
73
T66
Gavin Green
MAS
1
73
T66
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
73
T66
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
T66
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
T66
James Morrison
ENG
1
73
T66
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
T66
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
73
T66
Jordan Smith
ENG
1
73
T66
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
73
T66
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
73
T66
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T66
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
T66
Paul McGinley
IRL
1
73
T66
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
73
T66
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
73
T66
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T66
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T66
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
73
T92
Andrea Pavan
ITA
2
74
T92
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
74
T92
Brandon Stone
RSA
2
74
T92
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
74
T92
Daniel Brooks
ENG
2
74
T92
David Horsey
ENG
2
74
T92
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
74
T92
Jon Rahm
ESP
2
74
T92
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
T92
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
74
T92
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
74
T92
Rak Cho
KOR
2
74
T92
Richard Bland
ENG
2
74
T92
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
74
T92
Steven Brown
ENG
2
74
T92
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
74
T108
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
75
T108
Austin Connelly
CAN
3
75
T108
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
75
T108
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
75
T108
Darren Clarke
NIR
3
75
T108
Justin Walters
RSA
3
75
T108
Laurie Canter
ENG
3
75
T108
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
75
T108
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
T108
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
3
75
T108
Nico Geyger
CHI
3
75
T108
Renato Paratore
ITA
3
75
T108
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
75
T108
Scott Fernandez
ESP
3
75
T108
Sebastien Gros
FRA
3
75
T123
Adam Bland
AUS
4
76
T123
Cian McNamara
IRL
4
76
T123
David Drysdale
SCO
4
76
T123
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
4
76
T123
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
76
T123
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
76
T123
Julian Suri
USA
4
76
T123
Julien Guerrier
FRA
4
76
T123
Marcus Fraser
AUS
4
76
T123
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
4
76
T123
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
76
T134
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
77
T134
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
77
T134
Mark Foster
ENG
5
77
T134
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
5
77
T134
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
77
T134
Sam Brazel
AUS
5
77
T134
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
77
T141
Brett Rumford
AUS
6
78
T141
Chase Koepka
USA
6
78
T141
Neil O'Briain
IRL
6
78
T141
Pedro Oriol
ESP
6
78
T141
Scott Hend
AUS
6
78
T141
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
78
T141
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
78
T148
Bradley Neil
SCO
7
79
T148
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
79
T150
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
80
T150
Daniel Im
USA
8
80
T150
Henric Sturehed
SWE
8
80
T150
Matt Wallace
ENG
8
80
T150
Nino Bertasio
ITA
8
80
155
Jason Norris
AUS
10
82
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
-