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Jaco Van Zyl

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Jaco Van Zyl makes his way to Austin Country Club for his maiden appearance in the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.
His event debut comes off the back of a personal best season on the European Tour which left him ranked 21st on the Race to Dubai, collecting €1,525,598 along the way as he cracked the top three four times. He is a professional novice to match play golf, having had zero opportunity to prove if his game suits the head-to-head form of the game. In 5 WGC starts he has a best of T13 at the 2010 HSBC Champions tournament. He tees it up in Group 10 with three young hotshots: Danny Willett, Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel. Mar 22 - 1:29 PM

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Jaco Van Zyl stumbled to a 2-over-par 35-37=72 for a halfway total of 2-under 66-72=138 at the Tshwane Open.

The 36-year-old had closed with three rounds in the 60s 12 months ago and began in the same fashion Thursday. Perhaps the law of averages insisted it wouldn't last. Nonetheless his 72 is by no means a disaster on a tough track. He's 5 back of the untested leader Anthony Michael, but only three back of second-placed Charl Schwartzel. Van Zyl opened with bogey on No. 1, added another on 11 and turned dinner a nasty taste with one on 17 and 18 apiece. He made some recompense with birdie-4s on 9 and 12, the only par-5s on the course.
Feb 12 - 11:02 AM

Jaco Van Zyl confirmed his reputation as a fast starter by hanging up a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in round one of the Tshwane Open.

Van Zyl has held the opening day lead in three of his last seven starts, including the recent South African Open and Nedbank Golf Challenge. He won't add to that stat today but a morning 66 puts him in solo third on the live leaderboard and in position to have another crack at winning his first European Tour title. He faltered early today with bogeys at 10 and 14 sandwiching a birdie at 12. But after that he circled red at 15, 17, 3, 6 and 9 to pull up three shots short of leader Justin Harding. Van Zyl was T15 at this course last year.
Feb 11 - 7:12 AM

Jaco Van Zyl returns to the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC this week hoping for a better start than 12 months ago.

The 36-year-old hails from Pretoria, but fluffed his opening lines on home soil this time last year when carding a first round 74 that left him T134. But he swiftly proved that was an aberration with rounds of 65-69-67 that hauled him up to T15 by close of play Sunday. Curiously, given that shoddy beginning here last year, he arrives this year with the reputation for fast-finishing off the back of 3 first round leads or co-leads in his last 7 starts. Last year was his most successful on the European Tour, as 3 top three finishes vaulted him to 21st in the Race to Dubai.
Feb 9 - 2:27 PM

With a 7-under-par 32-33=65 at Glendower on Thursday, Jaco Van Zyl assumed the first-round lead at the BMW South African Open.

It's no surprise to see this guy out in front. Van Zyl has a reputation for fast starts and topped the day one leaderboard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on his last outing and also at November's Turkish Airlines Open where he began with a 61. Today, he set the tone with an opening birdie at 10 and picked up further shots at 13, 15 and 16 to turn in 32. The 36-year-old started his second nine birdie-eagle and made a final gain at the 8th after dropping his only shot of the round at the previous hole. He enjoys a one-shot lead over South African compatriot Shaun Norris. "I've had a couple of weeks off spending time with the family. I've had my fair share of whisky and Christmas pudding so it was really nice to get off to a good start," said Van Zyl. A halt for lightning meant 32 players failed to complete their rounds. They'll re-start at 0630 local time with R2 tee-times unaffected.
Jan 7 - 5:30 AM

Local man Jaco Van Zyl hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round two of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa and will go into the weekend just one shot behind leader Henrik Stenson.

Van Zyl flew out of the blocks at Gary Player Country Club on Friday with an opening birdie followed by an eagle-3 at No. 2. He gave one back at 4 but still led at the turn before the players were called in due to the threat of lightning. The South African returned after the break to post birdies at 10 and 11 but seven closing pars allowed Stenson to race past him. Van Zyl, who has yet to win on the European Tour, is 10-under 134 going into the final 36 holes and in solo second.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl toured Gary Player Country Club in 6-under-par 33-33=66 and shares the lead with Henrik Stenson after day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Despite it being his debut in the tournament, the South African won the Nashua Golf Challenge on his last pro start at the lengthy par 72 and looked very much at home on his opening lap. Van Zyl carded early birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 before adding another at 9 to turn in 33. After four more pars he took another forward leap by circling birdies at 14, 15 and 17 to go to the top of the leaderboard. "I hit 10 out of 14 fairways and a couple I missed weren’t in trouble, just in the first cut," he said. "There were a couple of short irons into par fours that I would’ve liked to get a bit closer, but the main thing is the 27 putts." The 36-year-old, who is seeking a first European Tour win this week, is no stranger to fast starts having led after the opening round of July's Open de France and the recent Turkish Airlines Open.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl knows the Gary Player Country Club course better than most of his 29 rivals as he prepares to contest the Nedbank Golf Challenge in his native South Africa.

Although this is his tournament debut, Van Zyl has played numerous events there on the local Sunshine Tour and actually won on his last visit when capturing the Nashua Golf Challenge in 2010. He's had two other top three finishes on the par 72. Van Zyl warmed up with a T8 at last week's Alfred Dunhill Championship where he closed with a 64. He's coming off a career-best finish of 21st on the Race to Dubai so, something of a late developer at this level, he'll be looking to continue his upward career path in 2016.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 06:10:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl slots in at 20th on the Race to Dubai heading into this week's DP World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

The South African has made it to the European Tour's final event just once previously, posting T22 in the 2011 edition. He finished 50th on the RTD that year but will beat that highest ranking by a distance this time, thanks mainly to cashing a hefty cheque when runner-up in the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month. Van Zyl has also banked top three finishes in the Open de France, the Trophee Hassan II and the Joburg Open in his 23 starts this season.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl tacked on a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to his opening 61 to post the clubhouse lead of 14-under 130 after two rounds of the Turkish Airlines Open.

That's good enough for a two-shot advantage over English duo Chris Wood and Richard Bland at halfway although at one point the South African had pulled seven clear of the field after starting Friday's second round with four birdies in his opening 10 holes to hit 16-under. With others making birdies around him and Van Zyl dropping shots at 4 and 8, his lead now looks fragile despite 14-under equalling the 36-hole record at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal set by Ian Poulter last year. "It's a field of quality players and they have all played nicely to be here at the end of the day," said the 36-year-old, who is chasing his first European Tour win. "To be in this position is really an honour, and hopefully we can stay in the mix till the last nine holes on Sunday." So far, he leads the field in fairways split (22 of 26) and greens hit (32 of 36).
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:53:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl blitzed the Montgomerie Maxx Royal for an 11-under-par 31-30=61 in round one of the Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday, good enough for a three-shot lead.

That's the lowest lap recorded in the event which is just three years old although lift, clean and place meant it didn't overwrite Ralphael Jacquelin's official course record of 62. Playing in the penultimate group of the day from the 1st tee, the South African picked off birdies at 1, 4, 5 and 7 to turn in 31. And he didn't stop there, making an eagle-3 at 11 and circling birdies at five of the last six holes. Van Zyl, who came into the week ranked 51st on the Race To Dubai, is three in front of Lee Westwood and five clear of second-placed Chris Wood. Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy is in a seven-man group tied for fourth on 5-under. Van Zyl split 12 (of 13) fairways in his opening round, hit 16 greens in regulation and needed just 24 putts. "I got it going early in the round and just kept it going. It was really good fun," he said. "I've had lower scores but obviously not on a calibre golf course like this."
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:41:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl slots in at 48th on the Race To Dubai ahead of his appearance in the Porsche European Open at the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany

The South African will arrive in good heart after a T14 in last week's Open d'Italia while prior to that he took third place when returning home for the Wild Coast Sun Challenge at the end of August. Van Zyl is 11-for-18 on the European Tour this season and has three top three finishes to his name, the most recent at the Open de France in July. This is his first start at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach while he managed T29 at the BMW International Open on his last visit to Germany in June.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 06:37:00 AM

Overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl couldn't convert on victory at the Open de France in Paris, but he still collected an exemption into The Open Championship.

The top three inside the top 10 and ties at Le Golf National in Paris not otherwise exempt into the season's third major received tee times at St. Andrews on July 16. Van Zyl went 0-for-12 in scoring opportunities today and squared two bogeys to post 8-under 276, good for third place five strokes off Bernd Wiesberger's winning pace. The South African has never competed in an Open Championship. James Morrison also earned a berth as the runner-up today. The Englishman tied for 23rd in his only Open appearance in 2012. Alone in fifth place at 5-under 279, Rafa Cabrera-Bello gobbled up the final exemption. The Spaniard will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in his continent's major.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl blitzed Le Golf National for a 7-under-par 33-31=64 on Saturday to move into a two-shot lead after three rounds of the Open de France.

That's the lowest lap of the week so far and puts the South African in prime position to secure his first European Tour win. At 10-under 203 he's two strokes clear of Germany's Maximilian Kieffer, with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger a further shot back in third. Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer, local hero Victor Dubuisson and England's in-form James Morrison are four shots back at 6-under. Van Zyl made his move with birdies at 3 and 5 and accelerated around the turn with further par breakers at 9, 10 and 11. Yesterday he played the final three holes in 3-over but the 36-year-old negotiated them in five shots better today after closing birdie-par-birdie. Van Zyl was superb from tee-to-green in round three, splitting 13 (of 14) fairways and hitting all 18 greens.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl dropped three shots at the final two holes to fall back into a tie for the clubhouse lead at the Open de France.

The South African became the first player this week to hit 6-under after a rush of four birdies in five holes from the 9th at Le Golf National. But he had to settle for an even-par 36-35=71 and a halfway total of 3-under 139 after bogeying 17 and taking a double bogey-6 at the last. For now, he shares the lead in the clubhouse with Tyrrell Hatton, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. The South African was a perfect 6-for-6 in scrambling in his opening 68 but his short game failed to come to the rescue on Friday as he got up and down just once in five attempts after hitting 13 greens in regulation.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 07:40:00 AM