New Zealand’s Ryan Fox After detailing his phenomenal progress to the 105th U.S. PGA Championship, he admitted his impressive opening lap was a surprise.

Fox fell ill during his debut at the Masters last month and was pulled from the following week’s RBC Heritage show after just nine holes and then flown home. auckland.

The 36-year-old was diagnosed with pneumonia and took two weeks to recover just in time to welcome the arrival of her second daughter, Margot.

After spending a few days at home with his family, Fox flew back to the United States and has just arrived in Turkey. Rochester Monday morning, before having to deal with a night frost that delayed Thursday’s early starts.

“Last month was interesting,” said Fox, who won the DP World Tour twice last season, playing with a score of 68 (-2).

“At the Masters, I was pretty sick over the weekend. He tried to play Hilton Head, walked out feeling bad after nine holes. I went home and they said I had pneumonia, which largely explains why I felt so bad.

“Basically as soon as we got through this, our daughter was born, that was a little over two weeks ago. So I had a few sleepless nights and didn’t practice much.

“One of the days I had to go to practice flooded Auckland for the third time this year. So I think I drove Auckland 27 kilometers (covering) in four hours in chaos.

“It wasn’t exactly ideal preparation for a major, but I was hoping the fact that I needed a break after a busy start to the year and being mentally fit this week would be important.

“It’s pretty amazing to take a break for four weeks and shoot 68, especially when the course is pretty brutal if you’re out of position.”

As one of the early starters, Fox left his hotel at 5:30 am, meaning he only got the delayed start notification when he arrived on the course.

“I was going to see my physiotherapy at 6 am and had breakfast beforehand. I got the message just as I got to the golf course,” Fox added.

“I would definitely like to stay in bed for another hour, but I think I can go and take a pretty good nap this afternoon.”