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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 highlighted a memorable day at the South African Open with a hole-in-one at the par-3 17th, the ace helping him to a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in Friday's second round and a spot in the top 10 through 36 holes.
At 8-under 136, he's four back from leader Graeme Storm. Van Zyl's thunderclap moment came at his eighth hole of the day as he drained a four-iron from 223 yards. It was his 16th career hole-in-one but the first time he'd won a car (a BMW i8). The '1' took him 3-under for the day after a birdie-bogey-birdie run from the 11th and he went one lower on his second nine following circles at 1, 2, 8 and 9. Despite five top 20s, Van Zyl has never managed a top 10 in his home Open. That goal is well within reach but the ultimate prize this weekend will be a first European Tour win. Jan 13 - 11:34 AM

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Jaco Van Zyl and George Coetzee will represent South Africa at this week's World Cup of Golf taking place at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Van Zyl is set to make his World Cup of Golf debut this week while Coetzee will be a second-timer. In 2013, Coetzee paired up with Branden Grace to finish sixth place in the team competition, both firing 2-over 286 on the week (T20 individual performances). More recently, World No. 94 Van Zyl arrives with a T35 at the DP World Tour Championship and a 10th-place finish the week prior back at home (Nedbank Golf Challenge). World No. 141 Coetzee finished T25 and T30 in those same two events, although he flashed some form the week before that, posting a fifth-place finish at the Turkish Airlines Open. South Africa has won this event five times, besting only by the United States. Their most recent win came during the 2003 edition when Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini joined forces.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 02:32:00 PM

Jaco Van Zyl carved out a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to reach the 36-hole point of the Nedbank Golf Challenge T2 on 6-under 138.

The South African got off to a great start with birdies at the 2nd and 3rd before a bogey at No. 5 set him back. But a second red number of the week at the 9th, and a sole back nine birdie at the 15th drew him within two shots of Alex Noren's halfway lead, in a group of five. It should be no surprise that Van Zyrl is in contention. In fact he has a stunning record at the Gary Player Country Club and has been T3 or better at the end of seven of his last 11 rounds there, beginning with a T3 and win in the Nashua Golf Challenge (a 54-hole event on the Sunshine Tour) and continuing in this event 12 months ago when he was in the top three all week until a final round 78 dropped him to T13.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Five birdies in a nine-hole burst either side of the turn helped Jaco Van Zyl hoist up a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club.

That's just one swing behind clubhouse leader Felipe Aguilar of Chile. Here we go again for the local South African. Last year an opening 66 gave him the day-one lead and he was still third going into the final round before blowing up with a closing 78 to drop to T13. The good vibes returned today after he'd overcome a bogey-5 at No. 3. Van Zyl responded to that with a birdie blitz which brought him circles at 4, 6, 9, 10 and 12. That set included a pair of deuces (4 and 12). He gave a shot back at 13 to drop out of the lead but this was a welcome return to form after a poor run over the last two months. He came into the event at 61st on the Race to Dubai so just a single spot outside the top 60 who make it through to the season-closing DP World Tour Championship. It's early days but he's now in ideal position to make the forward move he needs.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 07:47:00 AM

Jaco Van Zyl sits 55th on the Race to Dubai so will want to cement his place in the top 60 when he pegs it up at this week's Turkish Airlines Open.

The South African has little leeway if he wants to stay in that top bunch who will get to contest the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai although he'll have some good memories to recall from this tournament. In last year's Turkish Airlines Open he opened with a scintillating 61 and eventually finished runner-up to Victor Dubuisson. Perhaps to his frustration, the tournament switches location this year to the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, a heathland-inspired course that flows through a pine forest. Van Zyl played just once in October but pulled out of the British Masters after an opening 73 (reasons unknown). Before that he was T49 at the European Open while his last top 10 was T6 at August's Made in Denmark.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 04:17:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 05:11:00 AM

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.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 12:11:00 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.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 05:17:00 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.
Fri, May 27, 2016 03:34:00 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.
Thu, May 26, 2016 08:36:00 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.
Fri, May 20, 2016 09:29:00 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.
Thu, May 19, 2016 01:17:00 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).
Fri, May 13, 2016 09:27:00 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.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 01:29:00 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.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 11:02:00 AM