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Saturday 23 March 2019

Dunne settles for third as Fox claims the spoils in Perth

Paul Dunne playing an approach shot during the final day of action at the World Super
6 Perth. Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images
Paul Dunne playing an approach shot during the final day of action at the World Super 6 Perth. Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

William S Callahan

Paul Dunne had to settle for third place on the final day of the World Super 6 at Perth's Lake Karrinyup Country Club, which was won by New Zealander Ryan Fox.

The innovative tournament in Australia saw players compete in three rounds of stroke play before the top 24 yesterday went head to head in six-hole knockout match play.

Dunne beat Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent in a play-off for third, which secured him a cheque for €61,121 - lifting him to 41st in the Race to Dubai standings.

The 26-year-old will skip Thursday's WGC Mexico Championship, teeing off instead at the Oman Open on Thursday week.

Fox claimed his maiden European Tour title with a comprehensive 3&2 victory over Spaniard Adrian Otaegui in the final.

The 32-year-old finished eight-under after 54 holes to earn a bye into the last 16 of the knockout stage and was the last man through to the quarter-finals after edging out Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond.

"I've been close a couple of times and it was certainly nice to get one over the line today in a place I hold pretty special," said Fox who could have been knocked out in the last 16 had Janewattananond not missed a three-footer.

"There was some scrappy stuff in there but I got out of trouble when I needed to and I played great in the final. Adrian didn't quite play to his best but I'm quite happy to take advantage of that."

Fox also overcame Norwegian Kristoffer Reitan and Dunne to make the final where he raced to a 3-up lead against Otaegui and eventually claimed the title when the fourth was halved in pars.

Fox's European Tour victory is the first by a New Zealander since Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur. "A little bit disappointed after losing the final but it's been a good week," Otaegui said after being denied a third European Tour title.

The Spaniard birdied the 18th hole on Saturday to make the knockout stages and beat Daniel Gale, top seed Per Langfors, home favourite Min Woo Lee and Scott Vincent to reach the final.

In America, the delayed final round of the Genesis Open got underway late last night at the Riviera CC where Rory McIlroy and Seamus Power were both in action. However, there was a spectacular fall down the leaderboard by Jordan Spieth who was ten-over after ten holes for his closing round which included a bogey, a double-bogey, a triple-bogey and a quadruple-bogey.

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