Two weeks off has worked a treat for Ryan Fox, who sits one shot off the lead in a share of fourth at the European Masters in Switzerland.

Kiwi No.2 Fox registered eight birdies in his five-under 65 at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club but was let down by a double bogey on the par-four 12th hole and a lone bogey.

The 30-year-old needed just 22 putts on Thursday to atone for some at-times wayward driving.

It leaves him sharing fourth with five others, one stroke behind Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez, England's Tyrrell Hatton and Australian Scott Hend.

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Fox hasn't played since his 24th placing in the Fiji Open nearly three weeks ago.

That tournament followed successive appearances in major championships - the British Open (missed cut) and PGA Championship (54th).

Before that, Fox was in sublime form in Europe, recording three successive top- six finishes.