Jaco van Zyl
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
5
4
3
4
4
3
3
3
4
33
66
2
3
3
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
34
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
34
68
3
3
4
4
3
5
4
4
4
4
35
5
4
3
4
5
4
4
5
3
37
72
4
5
3
4
3
4
6
3
5
6
39
6
4
3
5
5
4
4
4
4
39
78
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
2
3
3
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
34
3
3
4
4
3
5
4
4
4
4
35
4
5
3
4
3
4
6
3
5
6
39
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
3
4
4
3
3
3
4
33
66
2
4
3
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
34
68
3
5
4
3
4
5
4
4
5
3
37
72
4
6
4
3
5
5
4
4
4
4
39
78
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
1
0
1
2
2
Birdies
6
3
4
0
13
20
Pars
12
13
10
10
45
16
Bogeys
0
1
4
6
11
9
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
1
1
12
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
27
28
27
31
28
13
Putts per GIR
1.6
1.69
1.75
2
1.76
19
Greens in regulation
83.33 %
72.22 %
44.44 %
44.44 %
61.11 %
22
Sand Saves
2/2
2/2
0/0
0/0
4/4

Born: 23 February 1979.

Turned pro: 2001.

Country: South Africa.

Family: Children - Cameron, Oliver.

Special interests: Hang-gliding, micro lights.

Career highlights: : A winner of 13 Sunshine Tour titles, four of them in 2010 alone.

2015 highlights: Finished second in the Joburg Open and Turkish Airlines Open.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - DNP. The Open - MC. The PGA Championship - DNP.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

Jaco van Zyl adds to a strong South African challenge as he makes his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The winner of the South African Amateur Championship in 2000 has gone on to win 13 times on the Sunshine Tour, and has come close to a maiden victory on the European Tour this year.

He finished tied second in the Joburg Open earlier this year, and after returning to the game following a lengthy layoff in 2014 when he had to have knee surgery on both of his knees.

He followed this up with finishes of tied sixth in the Africa Open and tied third in the Trophee Hassan II which made a mockery of his extended layoff and again highlighted the incredible potential of Van Zyl.

A European Tour victory eluded him again when he finished third in the Alstom Open de France and then second in the Turkish Airlines Open.

In South Africa, Van Zyl broke through on the Sunshine Tour when he won the 2005 Platinum Classic in a playoff with the experienced Grant Muller.

He spent a season on the PGA Tour in 2007 but was unable to retain his card there.

But he returned to the Sunshine Tour to claim one of his biggest victories to date in the 2009 Telkom PGA Championship, including a birdie from the rose bed alongside the 18th green on the final day.

Although a European Tour title has eluded him this season, Van Zyl is confident he's on the right track and has what it takes to win at the highest level.

"Winning is winning at the end of the day. It's just how comfortable you feel and what quality golf that you're playing at the end of the day. I'm really comfortable where I am right now."

He certainly looked comfortable when he upstaged some of the biggest names in golf with a 61 to lead the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open. And were it not for a late charge by Victor Dubuisson on the final day, Van Zyl would be heading to Sun City as a European Tour champion.

One of his favourite sayings is, "I'll see what the golfing gods have in store for me".

For a man who shares Charl Schwartzel's love of flying, preferring to get his airborne kicks from hang gliding and micro lighting, he is certainly flying high at Sun City with a place in one of the most exclusive fields in world golf at this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Once somebody who hated to leave home, Van Zyl is now getting used to packing his bags for the biggest stages in golf.