The injury is a frustrating timing for Ryan Fox. Image/Getty Images
He didn’t hit a golf ball and he didn’t slip off the ladder.
Ryan Fox describes the knee injury that kept him out of two of the biggest tournaments on the DP World Tour
The calendar as “the most boring story you can imagine”.
The 35-year-old was at home near Wentworth on Friday night, the day the BMW PGA Championship was postponed due to the Queen’s death.
“I was walking around the kitchen table on my way to the barbecue and I twisted a little on my right knee and something formed and I couldn’t walk the rest of the night,” Fox told the Herald.
“It didn’t get much better on Saturday and I couldn’t walk across the range, let alone go 18 holes, so unfortunately I had to pull out. I quit [from the Italian Open] On my doctor’s orders after an MRI showed that I had partially torn meniscus in my right knee.”
It’s frustrating for Fox, not least because his parents have traveled to the UK to watch him in four of the biggest tournaments on the calendar, but also because the Italian Open in Rome that begins Thursday night is being held in the same stadium as the Ryder Cup. It will be held next year.
“We have Rory McIlroy playing, I think Fitz [US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick] he is playing. So I think quite a few guys are exploring it before next year, and I would definitely like to go there. But it is also a very brutal walk and I wasn’t sure if I could walk the golf course.
“So you had better take another week off and make a plan going forward.”
Fox saw a specialist today and said all things point to no surgery and he should be ready to come back next week.
“I can walk around the house without much pain, which is fine. Hopefully later this week I’ll try it out with some golf swings and a walk around the golf course.”
Fox is now targeting a return at next week’s French Open at Le Golf National in Paris, which took place in the 2018 Ryder Cup and is a stadium where he has played well in the past.
“I got sixth there at the French Open a few years ago. It’s probably the hardest golf course we play all year – there’s a lot of water, a lot of trouble. So it would be interesting to go there a little cold after you were supposed to play Golf for two weeks in the lead up.”
Fox played a lot of golf until the 150th Open Championship in mid-July, which featured three top teams, but has since played only seven rounds of competitive golf.
“I didn’t play much golf and was looking forward to a really busy end of the year playing four weeks in a row, one week off and another couple in a row, one week off and then four in a row to finish the year.
“But that changed the plans a little bit. And it’s kind of ironic, I play all that golf with no problem at all and hurt myself while I’m walking around the house.”
Everything is going well with his recovery, Fox plans to play the French Open next week and then the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland (September 29-October 2) before taking a week off and playing in the Andalusia Masters in Valderrama, Spain (13-16). October). ).
Despite his lack of play in the last tournament, Fox is still seventh in the DP World Tour rankings and 47th in the world rankings.
“Fortunately it didn’t hurt me too much in terms of merit or anything missing this weekend at Wentworth and this week in Rome, and I can still challenge for this DP World title at the end of the year.”
Fox hopes to maintain his ranking in the world’s top 50, which will ensure a first start at the Masters next year, the only major he has not played yet.
“There is still enough golf to do that and I still have some big events coming up and a lot of ranking points to play for. I’m in a pointless position to play if I’m not fit.
“Hopefully I can do some work this weekend and early next week and really start finding some form again, do a big push and stay in the top 50 at the end of the year.”