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Tyrone tipped for big things



In his second full season on the Web.com Tour, Tyrone van Aswegen yet again proved his worth. The 30 year-old ended up in 43rd place on the money list, and although it wasn’t enough to secure a card on the PGA Tour for next year, he spent much of the year on the fringes of the top 25 and has every reason to believe he can realize his dream next year.

“I had a good year. I struggled a bit towards the end, but I always felt I wasn’t far away.

“I’ll try again next year and play the Web.com. It’s a different system next year, but if you’re good enough and you play well you’ll make it,” he said.

The American version of the challenge tour has indeed changed its system considerably for next year. Until now the top 25 on the money list have simply been awarded playing cards for the PGA Tour, but from next season the top 75 on the Web.com Tour will join the players from 126 to 200 on the PGA Tour money list as they fight it out for 50 PGA Tour cards over four playoff events in the autumn.

“It will be a little bit different, but they want to keep it exciting. Americans like their playoffs,” van Aswegen joked. “It’s tough – there is a lot of competition. The payoff is big so you have a lot of guys trying. But I learn a lot and it’s a full schedule playing good courses. It’s all about making birdies!”

Van Aswegen forms part of the field at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open at Royal Cape this week, and has put his experience from the States to good use. He started the week with back-to-back rounds of 72, but made his charge on Saturday with a fine 68 in difficult conditions to move into the top-10.

“Saturday’s moving day, and it’s a good thing I moved forwards and not backwards! It was tough out there with the wind, but I hit some good shots and putted well. I only got back on Tuesday so I’m still a bit jet-lagged, but I had a good one today. It’s been good fun to be back,” he said.

The move to American shores has done the man from Bedfordview’s career the power of good, and his game appears to be going from strength to strength. Victory this week in the Cape isn’t out of the question, but securing a PGA Tour card will rank higher on van Aswegen’s priority list. And if his game continues to progress as it has, there’s every chance it could happen for him.

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