Tyrone primed for Big Easy showdown

A final round with gusts of up to 45 kilometres per hour marred Tyrone Ryan’s chances for a big result at Wild Coast Sun Country Club last week, but the latest Big Easy Tour winner has been in good form and he’s prepped and ready for next week’s Tour Championship.


The 25-year-old earned a place amongst the top 30 on the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit when he won at Glendower Golf Club in August. He won back in 2011 at Big Easy Irene and has campaigned on tour since then, but this year has been his finest and he ranks 74th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.


The Big Easy Tour incorporates six 36-hole tournaments, which then lead to the Tour Championship running from the 15th to the 17th of September at The Els Club, Copperleaf.


It’s a top-knotch championship course that also plays host to the Tshwane Open, a €1,500,000 tournament co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours.


Wide fairways and large hazards are the backbone of the 7281-metre course, which is a ball-strikers paradise and suits Ryan’s style. While he missed the cut at this year’s Tshwane Open, he did shoot 68 during the second round and finished two shots away from playing the weekend.


Standing in Ryan’s way are 29 other hopefuls for the Tour Championship and he’ll need to draw on his victory at Glendower to mentally outlast the rest.


“It’s a great time to be playing well and winning a few weeks ago has certainly given me the belief that I can go on to win the bigger events. That’s what this tour is all about and we all want to be the Big Easy champion, hopefully I play well enough to do it,” he said.


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