Rhys West has experienced the highs and lows of professional golf in his rookie year. On the Big Easy Tour he’s won once and stands second on the Order of Merit, but on the Sunshine Tour he’s struggled to earn those top finishes.
At the Telkom Business PGA Championship he stood out with a share of 14th place and he most recently took 36th place at Vodacom Origins of Golf St. Francis, but a top-10 result has eluded him so far.
The Big Easy Tour aims to give players such as West a chance to improve their game and stay sharp during the quiet winter months. It’s tough for the lower ranked players to make it into the limited-field events of the off season and the development tour is there to fill the gap.
The Big Easy Tour also builds the confidence and sense of belonging for these new recruits and West has certainly gained confidence from his stellar performances on the feeder tour.
“When you get to big events it’s the realisation of a dream. You’re so excited about being on tour, but you have to remember that you still need to take care of business. I’m sure the win will affect me when I contend in the future,” he said.
The Tour Championship is the culmination of the season and it gives the top 30 players on the Order of Merit a chance to compete over 54 holes in the hopes of becoming the Big Easy Tour champion.
For a 26-year-old like West it’s a huge deal and could change the course of his 2014 season.
“A win counts for quite a lot and it’s really nice if you can get the job done,” he said.