Van Zyl currently sits 59th in the Official World Golf ranking, and a solid performance this week could see him jump into the crucial top 50 in the ranking.
“I’m really chuffed. I think it’s my personal best around here. It’s one of those golf courses that just doesn’t let up. I got off to a nice start – four-under through 12 – and you get 13, 14 and 15 and it’s a couple of really rough holes there,” he said.
At five-under-par, Van Zyl sits two back of overnight leaders Scott Hend and Y.E. Yang, who carded opening rounds of seven-under-par 65’s.
With strong winds expected over the weekend, Van Zyl will be looking to make the msot out of Friday’s conditions at Wentowroth in order to make a run at the leaders on Saurday and Sunday.
“This is by far the best I’ve ever played it conditions wise. I think we’re in for another good one tomorrow and then hurricane Betty is on its way for the weekend,” Van Zyl said.
The BMW PGA Championship is the European Tour’s flagship event, and Van Zyl says he is thoroughly enjoying the event.
“Playing on the European Tour, this is a very special place for all the players. We’ve been coming back here for years and it’s a great atmosphere and a great venue. It’s lovely to be here.