Ryan Fox (100/1 to win 2023 Open) edged out Callum Shinkwin and Alex Noren by one shot to take the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Fox ended the four rounds on 15-under-par after a final-round 68 proved to be just enough, with Shinkwin and Noren having to settle for a tie for second one shot back.

The New Zealander started the day four shots adrift of the top of the leaderboard but overnight leader Richard Mansell endured a shocking final round, carding a triple bogey on the par-three second on his way to a four-over par 76 at the Old Course to ultimately finish in a tie for seventh, four shots off the pace.

It meant the 35-year-old Kiwi only needed seven holes to take an outright lead, scoring three birdies, the first seeing him drain a putt from 26 feet.

A round of seven birdies and four bogeys was enough for Fox to take his second DP World Tour title of the season, following his success in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic back in February.

The winner did have a late scare on the 17th following an errant tee shot, but recovered to drop only one shot before safely making par on the last to seal a final round of 68 and win in front of his family.

Afterwards, he dedicated his victory to former amateur partner Shane Warne following the death of the cricket legend in March.

“It means a lot. To be honest the only person I can really think of at the moment is Warne,” Fox said.

“He meant a lot to me and this event and was a great mate. It’s a terrible shame he’s not here.

“I’m going to enjoy celebrating this one with the family.”

Shinkwin and Noren carded final rounds of 67 and 69 respectively while Rory McIlroy 12/1 to win 2023 Masters ended up tied for fourth after a closing effort of 66, alongside Frenchman Antoine Rozner.