Ryan Fox has capped off an impressive first year in Europe by finishing top Australasian in the final event of the season as well as the year-long Race to Dubai.
The long hitting New Zealander posted a final round of 3-under 69 at the Dubai World Tour Championship to climb to 8-under for the week and a share of 28th in the 60-player field.
Fox graduated from the secondary Challenge Tour at the end of 2016 and wasted little time finding his feet on the main circuit to be 34th in earnings for the season.
Five top-10 finishes in his 29 starts, three of them at the lucrative Rolex Series events, saw him bank more than €1 million, the only Australasian to pass the magical million mark.
Andrew Dodt was next best behind Fox in both earnings and at the final event, his final round 66 his best of the week and enough to see him move 15 places up the leaderboard to T36.
Dodt finished the season 10 places behind Fox on the Race to Dubai with €934,726, his best results coming at the Australian PGA Championship where he was second and the Scottish Open where he was T4.
Scott Hend followed a familiar pattern in 2017 and his play in Dubai was reflective of his overall game.
Capable of brilliance the equal of any in the world the Queenslander’s naturally aggressive style can also wreak havoc with his scorecard and that was the case on Sunday.
After opening with 66 to be among the leaders through 18 holes Hend posted pedestrian scores of 71-71 on Friday and Saturday to slip out of contention.
A bogey at the first hole Sunday set the scene and with two doubles and a second bogey over the opening nine it was clear the day would be a struggle.
Two bogeys and two birdies coming in saw him sign for a disappointing 78 though at 47th on the Race to Dubai he can be pleased with his year overall.
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