Van Zyl snatches a share of 11th with a solid finish in Ireland

Jaco van Zyl’s three late birdies earned him a share of 11th with a tournament score of eight-under, seven shots behind tournament winner Simon Dyson in the Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club today.

Van Zyl picked up one bogey on the third before carding par for nine consecutive holes, but closed with birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th for a round of two-under, which secured him € 25,125 in earnings.

After he found aggression on the front nine to be costly in the first two rounds, van Zyl reaped the rewards of patient course management.

Killarney’s 183 metre par-three third hole became a problem for van Zyl for the first time in the tournament and he carded bogey after his tee shot went astray.

He kept his composure after the dropped shot and patiently carded par through nine holes before making birdie on the 13th, which is the third hardest hole on the course.

Van Zyl’s consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th set his scorecard to two-under for the day, and the round moved him five places up the leaderboard and into a share of 11th.

Countryman Keith Horne shot his third 70 of the tournament to finish tied for 34th with a final score of three-under.

The change in tactics van Zyl employed at Killarney proved successful and earned him a deserved cut of the €1,500,000 prize money.

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