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Jaco Van Zyl

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 2/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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With a closing 4-under-par 33-35=68, Jaco Van Zyl posted 16-under 272 to reach a three-man play-off at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters but his hopes of a first European Tour title ended with a three-putt par at the first extra hole.
This is a tough loss for the South African. Tied for the lead playing the final hole of regulation play, he looked in pole position to get the win after two big blows through the back of the 18th. But, in what looked a clear case of nerves, he chunked his chip and had to settle for a two-putt par. There was more agony in the playoff as he wasted a superb approach to the heart of the green by taking three swishes of the putter and allowing Jeunghun Wang to win with birdie. Van Zyl had started with a barrage of red numbers today, picking up shots at 1, 2, 3 and 5 before he dropped his only shot of the day at 5. From there, it was par golf to the clubhouse aside from a birdie at 13. He did have further chances but couldn't cash in at the driveable par-4 16th and was twice left to rue excellent birdie chances at 18. Jan 29 - 9:09 AM

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Jaco Van Zyl completed a second consecutive bogey-free round of golf to inch his way into contention at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters; his third round 4-under-par 35-33=68 has him T2 with Nacho Elvira on 12-under 204, three shots behind the leader Jeunghun Wang at Doha GC.

By curious coincidence the 54-hole leader Wang knows what it is like to take on both his nearest challengers. Elvira lost a play-off to Wang in Morocco last year and one week later Van Zyl was T12 behind Wang in Mauritius; they will both want to reverse the placings on Sunday. Van Zyl, moreover, will be seeking to finally get the win he has come so close to. He has finished T3 or better nine times without lifting a trophy, doing so four times in 2015 alone. His opportunity to finally get the monkey off his back comes thanks to some solid work on Moving Day. He opened with seven straight pars before ticking 8 and 10, then 14 and 16. For the third day running he failed to break par on 18 and he may rue that over dinner. He played 18 just two behind Wang, but the Korean dropped a 6'0" birdie attempt seconds after Van Zyl missed his own 8'0" effort.
Jan 28 - 8:36 AM

Jaco Van Zyl smoothed a second round 3-under-par 34-35=69 to join the mid-afternoon clubhouse leaders at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters on 8-under 136.

The South African was the first of the late starters to post that score after no less than six players hit the mark in the morning. For the World No. 105 it was another smart lap of Doha GC, in fact he completed his day's work without once carding a bogey. Instead he caressed 15 pars whilst ticking the 10th, 14th and 9th holes having started on the back nine. One of the Tour's most consistent performers he is yet to lift a trophy, but has six times been T3 or better at the halfway stage. Twice he has gone on to finish the week second, but on the other four occassions he was at least 10 shots behind the winner come close of play Sunday. Among those Van Zyl has tied at the top on the live leaderboard are previous Tour winners Andy Sullivan, Thomas Aiken, Jeunghun Wang, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Bradley Dredge.
Jan 27 - 8:28 AM

Jaco Zan Zyl plotted an excellent opening round at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters, touring Doha GC in 5-under-par 34-33=67.

It's the South African's strongest start to an event since he carded the same score in the Made in Denmark tournament back in August - and the first time in the 2017 season he has opened with a sub-70 round (in three tries). It is also his best lap on the track - on his previous appearance in 2012 he pegged three 71s. He made his way from the clubhouse in style, making three birdies in four holes at 1, 3 and 4, only to give one of the shots back at the 6th. From there on in he carded pars at every hole with the exception of a mid-back nine blitz of three red numbers in as many holes at 12, 13 and 14. When he took lunch he was one shot behind the three leaders on 6-under.
Jan 26 - 4:51 AM

Jaco Van Zyl will make only his second appearance in the CommercialBank Qatar Masters at Doha GC this week, five years after his first.

It seems somewhat surprising that the South African is in his sixth full year on the European Tour and making only his second visit to this tournament, but perhaps the numbers tell the story. Back in 2012 he carded three 71s (the event was weather disrupted) to finish T35. Not bad, you'd have thought, but fitting into a slightly underwhelming Middle East record in which he has gone sub-70 just three times in 36 rounds. He's made 11 starts in the region and whilst he's been around for the weekend eight times he has never cracked the top 20. He came close last week in Abu Dhabi (T23) and was T18 the week before in the BMW South African Open.
Jan 23 - 1:52 PM

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

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.
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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