The 37 year old had high hopes for 2016 after finishing a career-best 21st in the Race to Dubai last year, courtesy a handful of impressive performances in lucrative events, namely the Open de France, where he was third, and the Turkish Airlines Open, where he was runner-up.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work on my short game these last couple of weeks that I’ve had off,” said Van Zyl. “That isn’t really like me – normally when I take a break I take a break. So I’m just really excited to test it out and get in the swing of things,” he said.
“My season starts here this week. There are a couple of majors coming up and hopefully the Olympics. I’m playing three events in a row starting this week, so after a very slow start to the year I’m hoping to get going now.”
With strong winds forecast for the picturesque holiday isle, Van Zyl believes the 7,500-yard, par-72 course will be a tricky prospect.
“It’s going to be interesting,” he said. “I enjoy playing in the wind. You need to create shots and work the golf ball a little bit, so it’s not too technical. If the wind keeps blowing like this it’s going to be a great test.
Van Zyl is currently in position to qualify for the Olympic Games – with Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel having ruled themselves out of selection – at 62nd in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“I’d love to go and represent my country,” he said.
Asked whether he would prefer a Green Jacket or an Olympic medal, he replied: “I’ve always had two dreams to play in two events – the Million Dollar Challenge (now the Nedbank Golf Challenge) and the Masters. It would be great to walk away with an Olympic medal, but I think the Green Jacket is the ultimate goal.”