Ryan Fox, 2019 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Final Match Interview - 17th February 2019
Q. Ryan, ISPS Handa World Super 6 champion, how does that sound?
RYAN FOX: Pretty damn good to me. It's been a tough day. I think I went down the last hole a couple of times by the final and the conditions were pretty brutal again and it was pretty tough yesterday as well, so I'm very happy to be standing here.
Q. And a really dominant win in that final. Just what clicked in that final game to clinch it?
RYAN FOX: I just felt really calm. I think I was a bit quick early in the quarter, in the semi and got away with it. I guess I had a bit more of a chance to just sit down and take stock of things after the semi; I actually walked straight from the 18th to the tee in the previous matches. It was nice to just relax and get focused for the final. Adrian helped me out on a couple holes, but I felt really in control of things out there. It was nice to hole a couple putts that mattered and I guess make it feel easy in the end.
Q. Is it difficult to switch your mentality from stroke play to match play, or didn't you find a problem with that?
RYAN FOX: I always enjoyed match play as an amateur. I had a pretty decent record playing for Auckland in the Inter‑provincial, and I grew up playing team sports, so it's kind of ‑‑ I guess I played a lot of, 15, 20 years of team sports, so you just get used to trying to beat someone and I quite like that. It's different than trying to beat the golf course.
Wasn't too hard a switch in the end. I guess it's nice having the added bonus if you hit a bad shot, you're only losing a hole, although losing a hole in a six‑hole match is a little harder than an 18‑hole match. It's not like coming down the stretch where if you make a double or triple, you're out of the tournament. It's a little bit of a freer format.
Q. I know you're looking forward to getting back to stroke play. Is match play something you would like to see more of on the European Tour?
RYAN FOX: Well, I've got to say I'd like to see more of it with the current record, but yeah, look, stroke play's our go‑to, I'll always enjoy stroke play. It's a lot of fun, and I guess on a golf course like this, this is a great setup for match play and I would like to see a little bit more of it on Tour. I think the event's been a success here the last few years, crowds are fantastic, and I'm sure that the concept will work in other places in the world.
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