December 10, 2023

Kiwi golfer Fox makes Masters cut at Augusta National after sub-par second round

Ryan Fox plays out of the straw at Augusta National.

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has booked a weekend at his US Masters debut, carding another sub-par round at the iconic Augusta National in Georgia.

Tied for 17th after an opening-day 70, Fox has dipped into the red once more with a one-under 71 to consolidate his likely spot in the third and fourth rounds. With several players still to complete their second rounds, the project cutline is two over par.  

The world No.37 – the 10th Kiwi to contest the tournament – again showed his resilience on the second hole, missing the fairway with his tee shot, but producing a great second for a birdie on the par-five.

 Fox gave back two shots on the sixth and seventh, but immediately reclaimed one of those on the four-five eighth.

On the par-three sixth, he landed his tee shot in the middle of the green, but watched it run far away from the pin. His long birdie attempt stopped short of the hole and rolled back to where he had putted it, resulting in a three putt. 

On the eighth, his second overshot the green – as it had the previous day – but he chipped to the right of the hole and watched it curl within a few feet for the birdie.

His tee shot on the par-three 16th over the water landed within a couple of feet of the pin for a third birdie, leaving him a long wait to celebrate his cut.

Among those battling to make the weekend are 15-time Major champion Tiger Woods at two over through eight holes, while world No.2 Rory McIlory has missed the cut, finished at five over par.

American Brooks Koepka is the clubhouse leader at 12 under par, four shots clear of amateur Sam Bennett.

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