Jaco continues knocking on Europe’s door

2015 Investec Cup: Day 4Jaco van Zyl was ruled out for most of 2014 after undergoing knee surgery, but his return to competitive golf has been nothing short of meteoric.

His share of third place at the Trophee Hassan II last week marked his sixth top-15 result in as many starts this year. As it stands the 36-year-old looks every  it ready to win his first European Tour event.

“This is my sixth week in a row and my eighth event back since injury, so I’m really chuffed with where I am right now. I’m pleased with how the season is going so far, but I don’t know what to expect after not playing for 10 months,” he said.

Morocco’s Golf du Palais Royal played host to the European Tour last week and Van Zyl came out firing in Northern Africa. The fifth hole turned out to be an Achilles heel for the 13-time Sunshine Tour winner, who was plus four on that par-five at the end of the tournament.

“I went out with the mindset that it’s one of those courses where it doesn’t take a bad shot for you to get a bad break. The fifth hole is a pretty good example. You have to take a couple on the cheek, move on and try to capitalise where you can,” he said.

A fighting outlook meant Van Zyl was able to bounce back after he doubled the fifth on Sunday, and he closed out the stretch with birdies at 15, 16 and 17. The Dainfern local came up two strokes short of the 10-under-par winning total, but he certainly made the right moves on the stretch. Golf can be about waiting for your time to come, and for Van Zyl it seems the time is nearly upon him.

“After the first nine holes I was two-over for the day and not really in the mix of things, but I made a couple of birdies and then got onto the run where I made three in a row. I had a quick peak at the leaderboard and knew I needed one more going up the 18th. I wasn’t able to get it, but this was another good week on the trot,” he said.

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