The unassuming Jaco van Zyl held a share of third going into the final round of the Joburg Open, but didnÂt feel that he was a threat. His award for the best stroke average on the 2012 Sunshine Tour makes it clear that thatÂs not the case.
ÂWinning has been on my mind for a while. I came close a couple of times in my first year, and had a couple of chances last year, so it would be really, really nice. It would be a step in the right direction.
ÂMy main objective is to try not to lose perspective of how quickly things can go wrong. ItÂs happened to a lot of good golfers, so I want to stay modest and start crawling and then walking and then running,Â he said.
The 33-year-old has been knocking for a European Tour win for the last two years, coming closest at the 2012 Joburg Open, where he finished third. HeÂs not in a rush to claim victory, but the facts all point towards one thing Â Van Zyl is due.
ÂIÂm not that far ahead yet. My first goal is to retain my European Tour card, and my second is to get into the Race to Dubai final. And then see how low we can get in the World Ranking,Â he said.
The 10-time Sunshine Tour winner has everything it takes, and while it may not be this Sunday, it will surely be this year that his European breakthrough finally comes.
With plenty of co-sanctioned events on the cards in his home country this year, there is no better place for that breakthrough than South Africa.
ÂIÂll do the next six events in a row: this week, East London, Dimension Data, Tshwane Open and then the Telkom PGA Championship and the Investec Cup.
ÂTraveling really gets to you and by September, October you really just want to be home. If you can stretch it out at the beginning of the year then youÂve got steam at the end,Â he said.