Jaco heads the field in Stockholm

It’s taken him a couple of months, but Jaco van Zyl came back to his best in the opening round of the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden.

He fired a five-under-par 67 to take a share of the first round lead with Swedish amateur Robert Karlsson and Alexander Noren.

“I’ve been very quiet the last couple of months, so it was time to get out of hiding a little bit and play some decent golf,” said Van Zyl.

He started his round with a birdie on the first while the rain, which fell through most of the day, wes still something of a distraction.

He picked up another on the third and again on the eighth to turn in 33, and then he was immediately back in the fray with his fourth birdie on the 10th.

He made his only bogey of the day on the 11th, but regained the lost stroke with a birdie on 12.

He picked up one more on 17 to set an early pace despire the weather: “I played nicely in the conditions,” he said.

“The short game was really sharp today. I made what I needed to make and I didn’t miss too many shots. It is a long course – there are a lot of long irons, and if you miss the fairway, you’re going into a very small target with a long iron, so there’s not much room for error.”

Hennie Otto was the next best of the South Africans at two-over 74, while Keith Horne and James Kingston carded a pair of 75s. Shaun Norris had an 84.

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