Daniel Fox has posted a sensational final round 5-under 67 to overtake overnight leader James Anstiss and secure his second Mitchell & Brown Spalding Park Open title.
The winter weather continued for the remainder of the weekend but the winds had strengthened to test the 33 players making the cut for the final round.
James Anstiss held a four shot lead over his nearest rival Brad Moules moving into the last days play, but it wasn’t going to be easy to secure his biggest win yet in the WA swing of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series.
Jumping out of the blocks with two birdies in his first 3 holes and extending his lead to five shots it looked like the title was going to the New Zealander.
Fox on the other hand had also got off to a flying start, making four birdies in his first six holes to put pressure on Anstiss at 10-under par.
Both players had hiccups on the short par-5 9th with Fox making a double bogey and Anstiss bogeying the 9th and 10th.
Bouncing back with consecutive birdies on the 10th though 12th holes Fox made his move by to get to 5-under for the day and move to an 11-under total.
He would eventually par the last six holes and have to sit back and watch Anstiss who was still holding a one shot lead with 5-holes to play.
Another bogey stumble at the 14th hole brought Anstiss back level with Fox with four holes to play and put his destiny in his own hands.
Missing a good opportunity on the par-5 16th and a par following on 17th, Anstiss needed a birdie for the win on his last hole, a par for a playoff and anything worse would hand Fox the title.
Unfortunately his second shot finished plugged in the greenside trap and was going to test his great short game skills to get up and down to force the playoff.
A great shot left him with an 8 foot putt to force the playoff, this unfortunately slid past the cup, handing Fox his second title at this event.
Anstiss still held his head high after the finish.
“It was a tough day out there and I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win but I’ll take the positives away from this week and keep pushing. Congrats to Daniel on a fantastic round in tough conditions,” said Anstiss.
Fox, whose nickname on tour is “arrow” referring to how straight he hits his iron shots, relied on these shots on the way to claiming the title
“I knew it was a lot (6 shots) to make up but the wind being this strong makes the course super tricky, so I just hung tough hitting some good solid shots to give myself some great opportunities, knowing that if could get to a 10 or 11 under total it could put some pressure on James,” said Fox.
“I love this place, Chris Clarkson and his team did an amazing job to get the course the way it was through a few awful days of weather. Credit must to go James also, he’s been playing great the whole series and I have no doubt he’s going to be a player of the future.”
The Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series WA Swing now heads further north to the CITIC Pacific Mining Karratha Pro-Am on Thursday 13 June, followed by The Roy Hill Port Hedland Classic on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, then to the last event of the May/June swing for the Broome Furnishing Carpet, Paint and Tile Open.
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