Fox is teeing up for the first time since the PGA Championship at Bellerive where he finished just outside the top 25, the 31-year-old in the midst of his best season as a professional.
Presently sitting 11thon the season long Race to Dubai, Fox has already surpassed €1.6 million for the year and will like his chances at Crans sur Sierre this week where he is playing for the second time.
He shared ninth in his only other appearance at the Tour’s most spectacular host venue and will be feeling confident after such a solid start.
Fox’s 3-under 67 is three behind leader Maximillian Kieffer and shares 10thplace on a packed leaderboard.
Kieffer is one ahead of a group of four players with another four at 4-under. Fox is one of eight players at 3-under, Thomas Pieters and former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel among them.
Another New Zealander, Josh Geary, is next best of the Australasians at 2-under and T18, Jason Scrivener the last of the down under campaigners to be under par after a 71.
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Wade Ormsby, Brett Rumford and Scott Hend are all at even par and sharing 61stwhile Adam Bland, Sam Brazel, Andrew Dodt, Marcus Fraser and Jason Norris are all outside the top 100 and needing something special to make the cut.
At the top of the leaderboard Kiefer was pleased with his seven birdie/one bogey start, the 64 his best opening round in five years.
Since posting his first top 10 of the season at the Nordea Masters a month ago the German says he has felt good about his game.
“I managed to stay out of the trouble today and played nicely,” he said of his opening effort. “It was a good day, I played very good tee to green and holed a few putts so I can’t complain.
“I have played very well the last couple of weeks and have been hitting the ball nicely since Sweden and the putting feels okay as well, so just trying to stay calm with the mind and hopefully keep the confidence up.
“I changed coach a couple of months ago now and that work really pays off now. My mind is okay at the moment and the putter so those three things are a good step.”
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