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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 will tee it up this week for a fourth appearance in the Italian Open, and second at Golf Club Milano.
The 37-year-old boasts a fine record in the tournament, having gone 3-for-3 with the excellent results of T10-T16-T14. Last year, on this course, middle rounds of 65-66 vaulted him to T7 with 18 holes to play but ultimately opening and closing rounds of 71 stymied his challenge. It's something of a pattern for the South African who is consistent and yet can't convert the win despite having nine career top three finishes on the European Tour. The highlight of his season was T7 at Wentworth, where last year's winner on this course Rikard Karlberg was second. Van Zyl enters the week with progressive form figures: T62-T43-T19-T6. Sep 13 - 5:11 AM

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Jaco Van Zyl travels from the 31st Olympiad to take on the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

After a stellar 2015 which saw him record four top three finishes as he closed out the Race to Dubai in 21st position, the South African has been a little more quiet this term, making three top tens to rank 50th. He bucked the golf trend by taking most of July off to concentrate on the Olympic Golf Competition, a decision that somewhat backfired when he failed to break 70 once and finished T43. It was the fourth start in a row in which he had failed to finish in the top 35. But before that he was T7 at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship and a repeat of that form in this field would see him contend.
Aug 16 - 12:11 PM

Jaco Van Zyl almost landed his first European Tour title at last year's Open de France and will return again this week to try and make the breakthrough.

After opening 68-71 in 2015, the South African scorched Le Golf National for a 7-under 64 in round three to kick two shots clear. It didn't work out for him Sunday, though, as a 73 left him in a third place. Nevertheless the memories will still be mostly positive ahead of his fourth start in the event (MC-T37 the other two). This season, Van Zyl has a best of T7 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month but he's a healthy 39th on the Race to Dubai after posting top 25s in six of his 12 starts. He's 10-for-12 overall after T38 at the BMW International Open in Germany last week.
Jun 29 - 5:17 AM

Jaco Van Zyl moved to within a shot of the halfway lead at the BMW PGA Championship after recording a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in Friday's second round.

The South African came on strong late, circling red at Wentworth's two closing par 5s to arrive at 9-under 135. That's a single swing behind leading trio Danny Willett, YE Yang and Scott Hend. For the second day running, Van Zyl bogeyed the opening hole before hitting back with birdies at 4 and 7. He dropped another shot at 5 before splashing red at 11, 14, 17 and 18 to stay very much on track for his first European Tour win. He hit 14 greens in regulation for the second day running, this after piping 11 (of 14) fairways.
May 27 - 3:34 PM

First-round specialist Jaco Van Zyl was quick out of the blocks again on Thursday, shooting a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to take the clubhouse lead on day one of the BMW PGA Championship.

In his last 11 worldwide starts, the South African has led/co-led after round one in three and been inside the top 10 in five others. He's on course to add to that record after recovering from an opening bogey to shoot his lowest score in five starts at Wentworth. Van Zyl connected four straight birdies from the 4th hole and made further gains on the back-nine par 5s at 12 and 17. He hit 14 greens in regulation today after piping 9 (of 14) fairways and was 3-for-4 in scrambling. Although he holds the clubhouse lead, Scott Hend is two shots in front at 7-under with a hole to play.
May 26 - 8:36 AM

A triple bogey-6 at his third hole of the day meant Jaco Van Zyl had to be content with an even-par 37-33=70 in his second round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Despite that major setback, the South African reduced the damage with birdies at 10, 14 and 15 and then traded one par breaker against one bogey on his second nine. True, it wasn't the day he was looking for but, at 4-under 140, he's in solo fourth on the live leaderboard and only four shots behind leaders Danny Willett and Marc Warren. Van Zyl has hit under 50% of the K Club's fairways this week but is 8-for-11 in scrambling and has found 14 and 11 greens respectively. He'll be looking to win his first European Tour title this weekend.
May 20 - 9:29 AM

Jaco Van Zyl made another fast start on the European Tour, painting a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club.

We've become accustomed to seeing the South African's name on the day one leaderboard (he's topped the first-round standings in four of his last 13 wordwide starts) and it was a familiar story today. It didn't look that way when he carded six pars and a bogey at 5 in his opening seven holes but normal service was resumed soon after. Van Zyl circled red at 8, 10, 11 and 15 to shoot up the leaderboard and added another at the last to match Callum Shinkwin's clubhouse lead. However, another R1 lead looks extremely unlikely with Masters champ Danny Willet currently at 7-under after 16.
May 19 - 1:17 PM

Jaco Van Zyl tacked his way to a level-par 36-36=72, enough to end the second round of the AfrAsia bank Mauritius Open in T6 on 1-under 143.

With the Ernie Els-designed layout proving a tough nut to crack, Van Zyl's quality form shone bright, even if there was a sense of giving and taking away about his round. He lost an early shot on 4, but got it back on 9. He then went further in the red on 10 only to give up a shot on 12. He got that right back on 13 and then dropped his final shot on 14 before parring his way in. He's 7 shots back of the halfway leader, Australia's Andrew Dodt, but few in the top ten can boast his long term form (a career best finish on last year's race to Dubai, four top 20 finishes on the European Tour this season, a Sunshine Tour in in February).
May 13 - 9:27 AM

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

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