West seeks Fancourt boost for Investec Cup

16_DD_WestR_previewNEWeditThis week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am being played at all three courses at Fancourt will give Rhys West a chance to get himself inside the top 16 players on the list for the Chase to the Investec Cup.

West is currently in 21st spot with two tournaments to play before the climax of the Chase to the Investec Cup takes place from March 9-12 at Millvale Private Retreat. He has 834.50 points, while the leader is Dean Burmester with 2,120.22. A top-10 finish at Fancourt will put West inside the top 10 with only next week’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship still to be played.

“I played the Investec Cup last year, and I’d love to be back,” said West as he prepared for the Dimension Data Pro-Am. “The problem is there is nothing about things that I can control, so I just have to try and do as well as I can here at Fancourt and next week at Eye of Africa.”

The 2015/2016 Chase to the Investec Cup season consisted of Sunshine Tour tournaments, starting with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open and ending with the Eye of Africa PGA Championship. The top 16 players on the Chase to the Investec Cup Bonus Pool ranking after the Eye of Africa PGA Championship will qualify for the season-ending Investec Cup.

The Investec Bonus Pool will consist of R10-million with R4-million going to the winner; thereafter, the balance will be shared between the remaining players in the top 16 according to their final positions. The Investec Cup event no longer carries prize money, with the 16 players in the final event competing for points to add to those they carry into the event.

“It’s long year, so you can’t really follow the points position too closely until towards the end,” said West. “I looked for the first time after the SA Open, to be honest, and I said to myself that it would be a bonus to get in to the final event.

“So if I play well this week, it will be great.”

The Dimension Data Pro-Am has a total of 6,500 Chase to the Investec Cup points up for grabs, with the winner taking 580, and 10th place 170 – so a top-10 at Fancourt is West’s immediate goal.


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