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Jaco Van Zyl |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 2/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170
College: South Africa

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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. Nov 16 - 3:21 PM

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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).
Oct 30 - 8:53 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."
Oct 29 - 10:41 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.
Sep 23 - 6:37 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.
Jul 5 - 3:07 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.
Jul 4 - 12:07 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.
Jul 3 - 7:40 AM

Jaco Van Zyl assumed a share of the clubhouse lead after firing a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round at the Open de France.

The South African picked off birdies at 16, 5 and 9 and kept a bogey off his card to join Bernd Wiesberger and Victor Dubuisson at the top of the leaderboard. Despite splitting 12 (of 14) fairways, Van Zyl only hit 12 greens in regulation but atoned with 6-for-6 scrambling. Today's lap of Le Golf National is the 36-year-old's best in three visits. He twice shot 69 when T37 on debut in 2012 but fired a second-round 80 when missing the cut in 2013.
Jul 2 - 3:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl recovered from two double bogeys in his opening five holes to shoot a 1-under-par 38-33 in the second round of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

His five at the par-3 second and seven at the par-5 fifth undid all the good work of his opening 69 and dropped him to 1-over for the tournament. But Van Zyl, who lost a playoff on his home Sunshine Tour last week, hit back with five birdies to post 4-under 140 at the midpoint. The par breakers came at 6, 9, 10, 11 and 14 and lifted him into the top 10 and within three of the lead. The 35-year-old was joint runner-up at this venue in 2011.
Mar 27 - 10:31 AM

Jaco Van Zyl is set for another weekend challenge in the Africa Open at East London GC after posting a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in round two.

The South African loves this event and has finished top five in each of the last four years. He's up there again after today's lap lifted him into third place on 8-under-par 136 -- three shots behind leader Matt Ford. Van Zyl suffered a bogey at 11 but got under par for the day with birdies at 13 and 17. He hit the accelerator on his second nine with a birdie at the first and then a run of eagle, birdie, birdie at three, four and five. Four closing pars completed his day's work. The local man finished T2 in last week's Joburg Open and was one of the pre-tournament favorites going into this tournament.
Mar 6 - 5:53 AM

Jaco Van Zyl posted a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to finish in a five-way tie for second spot at the Joburg Open.

The South African couldn't have done much more on payday and rose 18 spots with his bogey-free round. But it left him two shots behind winner Andy Sullivan, who carded a 66 of his own, and also a shot short of qualifying for this July's Open Championship. Three spots were on offer for St Andrews but two of the four players -- David Howell (158) and Anthony Wall (312) -- in tied second have a higher world ranking than Van Zyl (416) and that was the determining factor. On a brighter note, today's T2 matched his best ever finish on the European Tour.
Mar 1 - 12:02 PM

Jaco Van Zyl can now add current form to the equation when he lines up in this week's Joburg Open.

The South African is a regular winner on home turf -- he won three times in 2013 to take his tally of Sunshine Tour victories to 14 -- but suffered a big slump in 2014. His first two starts of 2015 were equally disappointing but the 36-year-old appeared to turn the corner with a T3 in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am. In terms of course form he makes plenty of appeal to gamers. Van Zyl has taken part in all eight editions of this event at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington and has four top 12s in his last six appearances. The best of those was a third in 2012.
Feb 24 - 3:49 AM

Jaco Van Zyl battled his way to a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, finishing three strokes off the overnight lead.

That he's playing at all is a surprise given surgeries on both knees a few months ago, so the score is gravy. He ping-ponged between 1-over and 1-under at Sheshan International today before closing birdie-birdie-birdie. The South African squared four bogeys against six birdies. Van Zyl has two top 25s in as many appearances on this track, so don't be surprised if he's lurking come Sunday.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 03:32:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl is set to tee it up in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club this week.

The South African took a 30-week hiatus after missing the cut in the Telcom Business PGA Championship in April. According to a report at, well, allow him to explain. "No golfer would like to go through this misfortune," Van Zyl said at the time. "What is troubling me most is that my right kneecap keeps popping out and the tendons around it are not growing back. I have decided that both knees should be operated on. The injury has been putting enormous strain on my overall game and career as a whole for some time now. I am extremely worried." He shouldn't have been. He returned to action with a T29 in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final last week. The one-time PGA TOUR member tied for 21st at Sheshan International in 2013 and shared 13th back in 2010. Needless to say, the course fits his eye.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 03:57:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl will tee it up in his first U.S. Open at Merion this week.

Van Zyl had a stint on the PGA TOUR in 2007 as a fully-exempt member via Q School, but has since focused his efforts elsewhere. It's worked out well, as he currently sits 85th in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks in large part to three wins in his last five starts in Africa. He picked up his seat at the table this week via a T2 at the Sectional Qualifier in Surrey, England.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 09:40:00 PM