James Ross has come to the end of his country-hopping first season on the PGA Tour Latin America and believes it has helped him find his feet in the paid ranks.
The 25-year-old Royal Burgess man played in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru after securing a conditional card for the PGA Tour’s development circuit.
His highlights were finishing joint sixth in the Guatemala Open and joining forces with fellow Scot Jimmy Gunn in the Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup in Mexico.
“Overall, I’ve not put the results together,” admitted Ross, who finished 91st on the money list with earnings of just under $9000 from 11 events.
“But it’s been a very positive year from a learning standpoint and, if I keep doing what I’m doing, the results will come.”
The former Lothians Amateur Championship runner-up predicted something similar for Gunn after playing with the Dornoch man for the first time.
“Mexico City was a great week,” added Ross of the Scottish pair finishing joint 16th in an event won by American duo Matt Kuchar and Justin Hueber.
“As I’m the only Scot on the Latin America Tour, I had to pick someone else to play with me. I’d never met Jimmy before but we have a few mutual friends and I’d obviously heard he was a great player. We saw that from him finishing tied for 27th in this year’s US Open.
“We got along great and gelled well on the course. Our first day of three-under was a bit of a slow start but we picked it up nicely in the better-ball four ball and closed with an eight-under round to post 21 under.
“The scoring was obviously very low considering the format but the winning team shot 34 under and by anyone’s standards that was incredible golf.
“It did help that they had Matt Kuchar on their side but, for him to perform like that in what he would consider a lesser event I’m sure, was very impressive!
“Jimmy and I both really enjoyed the week and I learned a lot playing with him. He’s a very confident player and I fully expect to see him work his way onto the web.com Tour next year and onwards from there.”