Ryan Fox in action today – photo Getty Images

Playing in just his 7th DPW event of 2022, New Zealand’s Ryan Fox has a share of the opening round lead at the Betfred British Masters and the Belfry Hotel and Resort in Sutton Coldfield in England.

After an extended break back in New Zealand following his win in the UAE in February, Fox returned to the DP World Tour two weeks ago with a 15th place at the ISPS Championship in Spain and followed that up with a 9th place in Catalunya last week so the break has had no impact on the form he was showing earlier in the year.

Fox shares the lead with Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen, a four-time winner on the European Tour, after the pair both recorded rounds of 67 to lead by one.

“I hit it really solid,” said Fox. “Maybe one tee shot on the second which looked a little dicey but hit a lot of wedge shots close and took advantage on a couple of the hard holes on 12 and 18. Holed a couple of 40-footers which is always nice to keep the round going and.

“I did everything pretty well which is nice and had a good group to play with Thomas (Bjorn) and Jack (Singh Brar), and we had a few laughs out there, especially on 10. It was just a nice day.

“It’s a fun golf course to play. I grew up on this kind of grass as well. So it fits quite nicely in my head. Kind of know what it’s going to do and how it’s going to react and just went out and tried to hit a couple of shots and did that well.”

Fox has won twice on the European Tour, the last of those coming when wining by five at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic in February.

Fox is currently 110th in the world ranking having reached a high of 66 when winning the World Super 6 Perth in 2019.

Jason Scrivener is the leading Australian in a share of 17th after his round of 70.