Jaco amped for Wild Coast Challenge

PHO13745 editThere are 52 kilometres between Port Shepstone, which is the home town of Jaco van Zyl, and Wild Coast Sun Country Club, host of this week’s R700 000 Sunshine Tour event.

The Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge will run from Wednesday until Friday and Van Zyl could hardly wait to tee up with his family in support.

“It’s always good to be back on home soil, especially playing Wild Coast, which is a great golf course. I grew up down the road in Port Shepstone and it’s nice to have the whole family here.

“When you really need to knuckle down in a tournament it drains you, so being relaxed often leads to good things. The last event I won was also with the family and I was very calm, so you never know what can happen,” he said.

The 13-time Sunshine Tour winner has been campaigning in Europe this season and currently ranks 47th in the Race to Dubai. He’s back in South Africa to enjoy some time on home soil, but there remains a trophy to be won.

“It’s good to be back home, but it’s still an event, so it will remain competitive out there. It is slightly different for me, catching up on some time with the family, so I have no expectations.

“There are a lot of good players out here. Jean (Hugo) and Jaco Ahlers are playing this week, as well as Peter Karmis, who’s been posting some good numbers recently. The guys won’t give anything away out here – it’s their home tour,” he said.

A total of 132 players will take to the fairways and greens of Wild Coast Sun Country Club from Wednesday in the hopes of winning. Watch out for Van Zyl, who has all of the right elements to run away with the tournament.

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