Bryce Easton heads to Asia for a three-week spell, starting at this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open, and he has the chance to build his reputation on the Asian Tour by contending at the three upcoming events.
The two-time Sunshine Tour winner heads east on the back of a tied 39th result at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open, where he finished two-under-par for the tournament.
“I took a lot away from this week in Zim, but during the first two rounds I was still very frustrated. Sunday was a really good confidence boost, because I played solid all round. I’m looking forward to taking that into the coming weeks in Asia,” he said.
Countryman Louis Oosthuizen won the Malaysian Open in 2012, a feat that Easton will look to emulate at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club this week.
There are huge rewards on offer for a top place in Malaysia, especially as the tournament is co-sanctioned with the European Tour. Easton has plenty to gain – he even has a long shot at making his way into Europe through the event.
But the Durbanite’s primary focus is on the upcoming three weeks, which could prove to be career-changing. He’ll want to stay grounded and build a good week in Malaysia to start off the stretch, and that means taking things one day at a time.
“I’ve been very frustrated with my game, because for a while now it’s been difficult to string it all together during a round. It’s surprising how quickly some part of your game can let you down, so it’s been a few months of grinding away and trying to get it all working at the same time,” he said.
The 26-year-old handled himself well under pressure when he contended at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in 2013. A final-round 64 for a sole-second result earned Easton his playing privileges for the 2014 season. This year he’s moved to 27th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit courtesy of a 12th-place finish at the Solaire Open. Now the young talent wants to climb higher, and it all starts in Malaysia this week.