Higgo and Fox team up for fourth place


It’s not every day that a South African and a New Zealander team up on the golf course, especially not when the Kiwi’s All Black father harassed the Springboks on the rugby field years ago.

But that didn’t stand in the way of Ryan Fox of New Zealand and Garrick Higgo of South Africa finishing joint fourth in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team tournament on Sunday night.

Fox’s father, Grant, played flyhalf for the New Zealand Cavaliers against the Boks in 1986 and he was in the All Black team that beat the Boks 27-24 at Ellis Park in 1992.

The Zurich tournament, which is part of the American PGA Series, was won by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Shane Lowry of Ireland after they finished on 263 shots (-25) along with American Chad Ramey and Frenchman Martin Trainer has.

Fox and Higgo were just two shots behind the leaders on 265 (-23) after posting scores of 63, 72, 65 and 65 in the four rounds.

McIlroy and Lowry clinched the playoff on the first playoff hole after Trainer failed with his putt.

It was McIlroy’s 25th victory on the US PGA Tour and the third time Lowry was able to win.

* At the Erinvale Country Club in Somerset West, the Belgian Manon de Roey won the South African Open by four shots.

De Roey scored 72 shots in the fourth round and finished on 274 shots (-14) four shots ahead of Gabriella Cowley from England and Aussie Momoka Kobori (278, -10).

South Africa’s Nicole Garcia was fourth on 280 (-8) followed by Ines Laklalech of Morocco on 281 (-7).

Other South African scores were those of Casandra Alexander (287), Lora Assad (289), Stacy Lee Bregman (293), Danielle du Toit (295), Tara Griebenow (297) and Lee-Anne Pace (300).

Additional source: BBC