Fox in good form as Masters nears
Steven Fox is in good form in advance of his Masters appearance. The U.S. Amateur champion finished second Tuesday at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate, matching his best finish of the season.
Fox, a senior for Chattanooga, shot 8-under 208 (69-69-70) at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, Miss., to finish two shots behind Central Arkansas’ James Newton, who followed consecutive 67s with a final-round 72. Fox matched his low 54-hole total of the season.
He was coming off a 63rd-place finish in his previous college start, at the Auburn Tiger Shootout, and a last-place finish at the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he shot 78-81. He missed the cut in his other PGA Tour start in 2013, shooting 70-78 to miss the cut by five shots at the Farmers Insurance Open.
“I struck the ball solid, putting was streaky, but I thought going into the week that I was ready to go, and I just didn’t play anywhere near where I wanted to,” Fox said after the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He began working with swing instructor Brad Rose earlier this year. Rose also is the instructor for two-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings.
Fox will face British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar on Thursday in the Georgia Cup, an 18-hole match between the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur champions, at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. Then it’s the Masters, where Fox can expect a pairing with Bubba Watson. The U.S. Amateur winner is traditionally paired with the defending Masters champion.
Fox entered the BancorpSouth at No. 140 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He also finished second at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic. The BancorpSouth was his third top-10 in eight starts this season.