Fox hoping to make statement in Saudi

06 February 2021 02:35:21 GMTPlus10

Ryan Fox and Stephen Gallacher share the lead after day two at the European Tour's Saudi International, although Dustin Johnson is lurking ominously.

Long-driving Kiwi Fox fired a second-round 65 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club to move to ten-under for the tournament, while Gallacher still has six holes of round two to play after Friday's action was disrupted by lightning.

The pair are two shots clear of a classy quartet featuring world number one Johnson and European Tour winners Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan and Marcus Kinhult.

Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose are three back while rising star Viktor Hovland, who fared best of the morning wave in tougher conditions, is four off the lead.

Fox's only previous European Tour victory came at the 2019 Super 6 in Perth, Australia, but he has played well in Saudi in the past, finishing sixth in the inaugural International in 2019.

"This is what you play golf for, to be in contention," he told the European Tour's official website.

"It's been a while since I've been in this position and I'll just go out and enjoy it and see if I can keep playing how I'm playing. I know if I do, I've got a good chance on Sunday.

"I can just control what I can control. If I go out and play well, try to see the target and make them chase me.

"I don't know how many of the top 50 in the world are here this week but it's a lot. There's a reason they're there, they're world class players, and I certainly hope to be there one day.

"If I can play well this week, then it's a step forward in that direction"

Johnson is 1.002 to win the Saudi International with Fox 4001.00 and Gallacher 4001.00.

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