Fox’s final round of 66 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club was highlighted by an eagle at his opening hole and three birdies in his last four holes and saw him finish three shots behind the winner Shubhankar Sharma of India.
Fox's previous best finish previously in Europe was when 4th at both the Scottish and Irish Opens in 2017. He earnt €135,434 for his week's work and while his cheques in Scotland, Ireland and France last year were bigger, this is a great start to the 2018 year for him.
Fox began the final round three shots behind the then leading pair of Dylan Frittelli and Jorge Campillo and although he gave back one of those two shots he gained at the first when bogeying the second the balance of his round saw him move through the field into what is a particularly satisfying week for the 31 year old who is in his second season on the European Tour.
Sharma won his second European Tour title just a few weeks after his first at the Joburg Open two months ago and last year finished 9th in this event so he did have the credentials coming into the week but at # 193 in the world he was hardly considered one of the favourites for the event.
Nothing was going to stop the 21 year old today however as he powered his way to a bogey free round of 62 to come from four shots off the pace for his stunning victory.
"The last two months have changed my life," said Sharma. "I’ve been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour. I’ve always dreamt of winning and now I’m a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour.
"I’m over the moon. The last two months have been fantastic for me. I’m playing in The Open championship this year so I can’t ask for anything more. Whatever happened today was fantastic."
Spain’s Campillo finished alone in 2nd place while his fellow countryman Pablo Larraza finished in a share of 3rd place with Fox, he too finishing with a rush over the closing few holes for a round of 66.
Andrew Dodt finished as the leading Australian in 55th place while Jason Norris was 70th.
The European Tour now joins forces with the Asian and Australasian Tours for the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.
SIR NICK FALDO HYBRIDS VERSES IRONS
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