The 13-time Sunshine Tour winner shared 29th place at the BMW International Open last week and a fortnight before that was 16th at the Irish Open.
His game is getting back into the shape that saw him finish second at the Joburg Open, sixth at the Africa Open and third at the Trophee Hassan II earlier this year.
Van Zyl has won some big tournaments on home soil, including the Telkom Business PGA Championship and the Investec Cup.
He is no stranger to competing against Europe’s finest, which he’ll have to do this week, because the likes of Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson are in the field.
In the past Van Zyl has stood up to players of that calibre, but a knee surgery in 2014 cut down his chances of taking the next step and winning on the European Tour. He’ll certainly be craving that achievement this season, and he has proved through results that he is ready to win.
Tough tracks have always suited the 35-year-old, who is a fantastic striker of the ball and has won the Sunshine Tour stroke average award more than once.
Few courses are more trying than Le Golf National, host of this week’s tournament. It’s an important event for Van Zyl, who will be looking to consolidate on a good season by winning for the first time in Europe.