Jaco on song ahead of Madrid Masters

Jaco van Zyl’s win at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am and his share of ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship indicate that he will be on song at the Madrid Masters at Alcala de Henares come Thursday.

Van Zyl has clocked up 10 victories on the Sunshine Tour and holds 42nd on the European Tour’s Order of Merit, but is yet to win abroad and will have the €1,000,000 Spanish tournament on his mind.

The 32-year-old came closest to a win at the Trophee Hassan II in April when he lost in a three-way playoff with winner David Horsey and Rhys Davies.

Van Zyl has recorded three further top-10 European Tour Finishes and after cruising to victory at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am in September will surely have Madrid lined up as his next conquest.

Countryman Charl Schwartzel won the 2008 event in style when he finished three strokes clear of the field, but will not return for the event this year.

Van Zyl must hold the flag high in Schwartzel’s absence, but will not be the lone South African representative as four countrymen join him in the field.

Despite holding 18th in the Race to Dubai, Thomas Aiken has struggled since May this year and will be focused on a good result come Thursday.

Hennie Otto won the Platinum Classic a week ago, reaching 17-under-par after just 54 holes.

Otto must shrug off the travel, but will have added confidence from his win come Thursday.

Also present will be George Coetzee and James Kingston, both of whom have recorded top-10 finishes during the last two months.

Van Zyl remains outside the winner’s circle in Europe, but has built towards victory throughout 2011 and could join Schwartzel as a Madrid Master.

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