AUCKLAND’S Ryan Fox has put himself in a good position to qualify for his first British Open, one of golf’s major tournaments.
Currently playing in the second of two qualifying events in Melbourne, he lies in sixth place after notching a three-under par 69 in the opening round.
He is just two shots of the pace, behind Australians Stephen Dartnall and Cameron Smith, with three more Australians tied in third spot.
The top three finishers after 36 holes will be handed a spot at The Open, to be played at Muirfield in July.
Fox could have been in an ever better position, were it not for a triple bogey on the 12th.
However he played his final six holes in three-under to put himself well in contention for his first major championship.
The best-placed of the other New Zealanders was Mike Hendry, who lies in 18th spot at one-under par, while Mark Brown and Josh Geary are 27th.
Hamish Robertson (75), Gareth Paddison (76) and Brad Shilton (78) are all out of contention.