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.


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.