For the man who came second in the Tshwane Open at Pretoria, it’s been a question of keeping his position on the Order of Merit in South Africa safe while he gets time on European fairways to see whether he can fast-track himself onto the world stage.
He has kept things ticking over with a share of 20th and a pair of fourth-place finishes in the three August tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, but he’s had a frustrating time of it when he has managed to get into events on the Challenge Tour and The European Tour.
He has made just two cuts on the Challenge Tour, and, in his two starts on The European Tour, he missed the cut in Mauritius and in Austria.
So his performance in the M2M Russian Open this week will present him with an opportunity to take whatever European lessons he has learned – as well as solid South African form – and apply it in an event in which he can do well enough to make sure he doesn’t have to go through all the stages of The European Tour Qualifying School in Spain towards the end of the year.
He forms part of a large South African contingent in Moscow this year: There are 12 others in the field, as well as Adilson Da Silva. Those 12 are Dylan Frittelli, Tjaart van der Walt, Merrick Bremner, Justin Walters, Jake Roos, Peter Karmis, PH McIntyre, Jaco Ahlers, Danie van Tonder, Andrew Curlewis, Keith Horne and Shaun Norris.