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Ryan Fox misses the cut at Australian PGA Championship, Denzel Ieremia leads Kiwi charge

Ryan Fox has had a great year on the DP World Tour but that form has deserted him in Brisbane.

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Ryan Fox has had a great year on the DP World Tour but that form has deserted him in Brisbane.

Leading Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has sensationally missed the cut at the Australian PGA Championship.

The world No 27, who just last week was in a shootout with Rory McIlroy to win the Race for Dubai on the DP World Tourhas found the going too tough at Royal Queensland Golf on Friday.

Fox, eventually finished in 19th place in Dubai to end a breakout year on the Tour, but that form has deserted him in Australia as he misfired with a round two shocker of three over 74 on a low-scoring day for most of the big guns .

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Fox, who is in an 15-way tie for 96th, couldn’t find the consistency that has been his mainstay all season, dropping shots with six bogeys and only managing three birdies.

With the projected cut currently sitting at one over par and a good chunk of the field already in the clubhouse, Fox, who started the day at one over following his first round 72 on Thursday, will not play the weekend in Brisbane.

Ryan Fox makes a save out of the bunker on the third hole to get away with a bogey.

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Ryan Fox makes a save out of the bunker on the third hole to get away with a bogey.

Fellow Kiwi Denzel Ieremia, who sits outside the top 1100 in the men’s world rankings, is leading the Kiwi charge in a four-way tie for fifth after backing up his opening round 67 with a three-under par 68 on Friday.

That leaves him just three shots off the pace set by Australian clubhouse leader Jason Scrivener, who is 10-under.

Fellow Daniel Hillier sits in a six-way tie for ninth at six-under after shooting a four-under 67 on Friday.

Next best of the Kiwis is Chang Gi Lee at five under in a tie for 15th.

Australian Cameron Smith, who won the Open Championship in July before jumping ship to Saudi-backed LIV Golfis an outright second at nine-under following a second round 65.

Kiwi Daniel Hillier in action during round two of the Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club on Friday.

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Kiwi Daniel Hillier in action during round two of the Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club on Friday.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald this week, the world No 3 said he “didn’t sleep for a few months” while contemplating whether to make the move.

“I was constantly thinking, ‘what will other people think?’ That was a really big factor for me. I feel like I do most things by the book and to be one to step away… was really tough for me,” he said.

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