How Does Ryan Fox, Son of a World-Class Rugby Player, Choose Golf?

Ranked No. 82 in the World Golf Ranking, the New Zealand native spoke to Katie Kearney before his 2nd round at Bellerive, Friday.

August 10, 2018 - 12:09 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Before teeing off for his second round at the 100th PGA Championship Ryan Fox, sitting at -2, spoke to Katie Kearney.

Ranked No. 82 in the World Golf Ranking, the New Zealand native says he knows he'll be dealing with an unfamiliar kind of midwest heat on Friday. Fox is the son of an All Blacks rugy hero, Grant Fox, who helped New Zealand win its first World Cup in 1987. But instead of choosing the brutally aggressive sport his father player, he went with golf. 

"Rugy and cricket were my two main sports growing up," Fox says, because his grandfather was also a world-class cricket player. "Golf was my third or even fourth sport, but in rugby I had too many concussion growing up ... and at 18, halfway through the first year of a law degree I decided to start playing tournament golf." 

Although Fox didn't carry on the family name in rugby or cricket, he had some special times with his father who caddied for him at the beginning of his golf career.

Fox turned pro in 2011 and is playing in his second PGA Championship this year at Bellerive. Earlier this year he finished in the top-50 in both The Open Chamionship and U.S. Open.

Going into play Friday in St. Louis Fox was four shots off of the leader, Gary Woodland at -6. 

Kearney, a St. Louis native herself has been a part of KMOX's coverage of the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive: