Ryan Fox dominant at the Ras al Khaimah Classic as he chases a second DP World Tour title

The 35-year-old New Zealander leads by six shots with 18 holes to play at Al Hamra GC.

Ryan Fox is on the brink of a second DP World Tour win after a third round of 65 opened up a huge six shots advantage over the field.

The Kiwi has scratched six bogeys on his card through 54 holes, but he has also peppered it with no less than 25 birdies in a stunning display of attacking golf that has seen him total 19-under 197.

No-one in the field has been able to live with the pace; his closest pursuers are the Spanish duo Adri Arnaus and Pablo Larrazábal, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Poland's Adrian Meronk on 13-under.

"My head's in a pretty good place," Fox said. "Ask me that on the first tee tomorrow and I might have a slightly different answer, but I felt like I had really good control over the ball today, only hit a couple of bad shots and holed some putts as well.

"I've put myself exactly where I want to be and it's all on me tomorrow. Someone's going to have to do something really low or I'm going to have to play poorly so hopefully I can keep playing how I've played in the past few days and put it out of reach.

"I think I've made six bogeys all week and bounced back every time. I don't know why. It's just felt like one of those weeks where every part of my game has just worked and when I've hit a bad shot I haven't let it get to me too much.

"I wouldn't say it's been perfect. I hit two terrible drives on nine and 12 and missed a short one for par on nine. I let a couple slip yesterday, obviously I bogeyed the last which was playing downwind, but for the most part everything has worked which is kind of rare for me to be honest."

Arnaus is hoping for his first win at this level and has good memories of the course because he won the Challenge Tour Grand Final there in 2018.

"At the end of the day I just need to go out there and stay focussed," he said. "If I have to do something special on the last holes, we'll go out and do it. It seems like we'll have to make a bit of a charge but I'm trying to stay present and do my best."

His compatriot Larrazábal said: "Two birdies to finish give me a little bit of hope for tomorrow. It looks like it's a bit of a one-man tournament, but that means it's only one man.

"It's not easy to have a big lead going into Sunday. It's tough, people are talking about it and you read about it, and if he doesn't play well we will be there to fight until the end. If not, we will still fight, that's my nature."

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