Plenty up for grabs for Jaco at Trophee Hassan

Jaco van Zyl is still hunting his maiden European Tour victory and has hovered around the top 80 in the world ranking for months, and so plenty is up for grabs for him at the Trophee Hassan II this week.

He finished tied second in Morocco last year, showing his favour for Golf du Palais Royal – by Sunday afternoon headed into a three-way playoff, which David Horsey won on the second playoff hole.

33-year-old van Zyl launched a massive 83 places up the world ranking with his second-place finish last year and into 185th in the world.

Now, however, he is in a completely different space – for starters he holds 76th in the world ranking, which is more than 100 spots higher than he was at the same time last year.

And he has just come off a seventh-place finish at the Open de Andalucia last week, where he shot a Sunday 66 to move 24 spots up the leaderboard and earning enough for a move to 32nd in the Race to Dubai.

Including last week’s share of seventh, van Zyl has taken four top 10 finishes on the European Tour since his appearance at the 2011 Trophee Hassan II, and by Sunday should be found at the top of leaderboard.

Fellow young gun Branden Grace will be looking for his third European Tour win after stepping into the limelight with back-to back wins at the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions tournament earlier this year.

Grace more than a few factors in his favour. Firstly, he has just taken a week break to recuperate and should be well rested ahead of the €1,5-million tournament. Secondly, his last event was the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he pitted himself against golf’s best and finished tied 35th alongside the likes of Dustin Johnson.

Confidence and health will be key to the 23-year-old’s form this week and he can be expected to chase low scores over the par-72 course.

25-year-old Jbe Kruger will also be in the mix this week and since his Avantha Mastes win has become a name to watch out for.

Van Zyl, who competes regularly with Kruger and Grace in South Africa and abroad, will be keen to join them in the winner’s circle. Considering his playoff loss in Morocco last year, van Zyl will surely eye this week’s Trophee Hassan II as the place to claim his maiden victory.

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