At the 2015 Open de France, Jaco van Zyl finished in sole possession of third place at Le Golf National, and this time around, van Zyl will be hoping for more of the same at the 100th staging of the tournament.
“You know I played really, really nicely. It’s a very demanding golf course, so to be in that position on the Sunday was great fun. It was just unfortunate that I had a really slow day on that Sunday,” explained van Zyl after a two-over-par 73 that left him on eight-under-par and five back of eventual winner Bernd Wiesberger.
This year, the Le Golf National has undergone various cosmetic changes, but van Zyl says he is looking forward to the challenge the course brings.
“It’s just a phenomenal golf course, I’ve heard they’ve changed one or two greens and restructured a couple of bunkers. I’ll be playing in the pro-am this afternoon and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done,” said van Zyl.
Van Zyl is know for his pristine ball striking and flowing swing, and with a tie-seventh at the BMW PGA Championship back in May, he comes into the tournament in some impressive form.
“I’ve been hitting it phenomenally. I’ve just been battling with the putter the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been working really hard on that and hopefully all of it will come together this week,” explained van Zyl.
With another good display this week, van Zyl will have the opportunity to build on what will be an extremely busy climax to 2016.
“Yeah the next few weeks are going to be great. I’ve got two majors coming up, the Olympics coming up and then the Race to Dubai Final. It’s really just a great year to look forward to.”