Ryan Fox kisses the fleet to celebrate his first victory in the European Tour in Perth.
Playing overseas soil golf is nothing new to Kiwi No. 1 Ryan Fox. He did not know what planet was on Thursday in the Mexican Championship.
Fox was a home in New Zealand this week, flourishing in the victory of a European Tour in the Super 6 Perth and moved to No 66 in the world. He had plans for some fishing, a little wine and some practice before the 100th of New Zealand play.
That's when the call was in the field as another for the World Golf Championship and a US $ 10.25 million (NZ $ 15.14 million) purse.
And that's when his adventures began.
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Book a trip to Mexico City and arrived at 8.30pm on Wednesday. He was in the second group from Thursday (Friday NZT) at the Chapultepec Golf Club, a course that had never been seen, at a height (2134m) that he had never tried.
And then a weak jet kicks in.
"I fell asleep at 10.30pm, no problem, and woke up midnight," he said. `" He took a sleeping pill about half an hour after 1am and did not know what planet I was on when the alarm went at 7 am this morning.
"So, I felt really right for most of the rounds. It turned me on 13, 14. Somebody was feeling drunk almost five or six last holes, which flew everywhere. And I hang on quite well. "
By all counts, his 1-over 72 could have felt as well as 63 by Rory McIlroy to lead after the first round.
Jake McLeod has a Kiwi caddy that was kind enough to leave vegetable books in the Fox Hotel room when he looked in, so he sat with an instructor trying to plot his way around Chapultepec. The decision was to keep golf as simple as possible.
Most players hit a tree over the 383-yard second hole at the front of the green. Fox fitted with iron.
"There's probably some lines you can take with the golf course on," he said.
"But I do not see it, it's pretty hard to do that. So I tried to stay out of trouble as much as possible today."
Fox was appointed for the range after the round, to practice at height and mainly trying to stay awake.
"I have caffeine ready to go, as well, and I hope I can do it by lunch tonight and have a good sleep," he said.
"I came to the golf course early today to do some ears on TrackMan because I did not know how far it would go.
"So at least I do not have to do it tomorrow. I can spend extra couple hours in bed and hopefully we can feel a bit better."
Here's the first year for subscribers in the World Golf Championships. Fox came into Andrew Putnam, whose wife is having a baby.
Given him playing last five weeks – three straight in the Middle East, two in Australia – it could have used a break, especially with a national open next week.
"We're throwing up,` Do we come here without preparation, and then we need to prepare for New Zealand Open? But at the end, the WGC, "he said.
There are two bogs on the back nine pushed Fox back to the package. He was in a 12-way game for the 35th when the whole field had returned to the club.
Fox, who is a fresh European Tour, wins at the Super 6 World Play Game in Perth over the weekend, leaving both three pairs ahead of nine to be two under the course Chapultepec Golf Club.
But he lost a shot at the fourteen to be one under the heading to nine again.
Fox was not able to leave any hole at the nine back and with scoring torches at both five (holes 11 and 15) to finish one over and down the leader. He was tied for an earlier ninth in his round.
Adrian Otaegui, a spider, who finished second for Fox in Perth, was five strokes worse than Kiwi in the opening round.