Ryan Fox hopes to step out without any distractions as he headlines the Kiwi charge at this week's NZPGA at Remuera.

The top-ranked New Zealand in the field, Fox lost some of his impetus when he damaged his left ankle in January and spent about five weeks repairing the injury.

He returned to compete in Perth last week and while he felt some rust in his game and was protecting his ankle, Fox made the cut and collected some invaluable tournament play.

"I played so much golf last year I think at the back end of the year something was going to give way," Fox said. "I've had a few little ankle issues in the past and somehow it gave way after having a few weeks off at the end of the year.


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"It was a little disappointing to kill the form I had last year."

Fox won two events and played in his first major making the cut at the Open at St Andrews as the highlight in a year of massive sporting memories.

"I did something I'll never forget really. You don't want to dwell on it but it's great for confidence when you can say you played in the best field for golf, made the cut and beat a couple of guys I have idolized, "Fox said.

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Like any golfer he wanted to be more consistent and show he could compete through four rounds in tournaments. That was part of the game's jigsaw and there was always work to do on his chipping and putting. Fox felt his game was getting tighter and his swing was close to his objectives.

He was ready for the familiar surroundings at Remuera this week. Most of the leading Kiwis were playing and then moving to the next tournament at Queenstown.

Fox said his focus was on playing well and being in contention on Sunday in a strong field which had competitors from South Africa and Japan.