Rhys West has been on tour long enough to know that patience is a huge part of being a successful touring professional. On Thursday he showed the value of restraint at Koro Creek Golf Estate, where he shot 68 to share third place early into the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung.
“It’s all hard work, just you and the golf ball. You can’t control what the other players do, so I think it’s all preparation that predicts what you’ll shoot. You’ve got to let good scores come to you, and when it’s your time you’ll win. You have to stay patient and see how the year pans out,” he said.
The 26-year-old was runner-up in the Sunshine Tour’s Rookie of the Year Race in 2014 and has become fully accustomed to life on the circuit. Over the course of this season he’s picked up three top-10s and currently ranks 19th on the Order of Merit.
A breakthrough victory is on the horizon for West, but he’s not about to force the issue. His second year on tour has been good enough for him to believe that a win will come eventually.
“Your first year takes a lot of getting used to and fitting in. You need to find your feet and the guys on tour have made it a lot easier for me, so I settled down quite quickly. I think I’m used to being out here. I’ve become more comfortable playing on tour and I’ve accepted that you need to let the results take care of themselves,” he said.
This week he’s set out a good launch platform for his latest title bid.
“I’ve been struggling with my game a bit of late, so I’m pleased with the score. I drove it pretty well and putted decently. I think there are a lot of birdies to be made here, because it’s not the tightest of courses. Give yourself enough chances and some of them are bound to drop,” he said.