Van Zyl’s patience is repayed with a late string of birdies

Jaco van Zyl’s patience was rewarded when he shot 33 after the turn to card four-under-par for the third round of the Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

Van Zyl holds a share of a seven-way tie for 14th, five shots behind the lead, after he carded 67 for the round to take his tournament score to six-under.

2010’s Nashua Golf Challenge winner managed to control Killarney’s front nine, which disrupted his focus in the previous two rounds, with a solitary birdie on the seventh putting him at one-under before the turn.

He bided his time on the back nine with four pars before opening up to snatch four birdies from the 14th to the 17th.

32-Year-old van Zyl displayed superb course management and seized his opportunities, and a bogey on the par-four 18th was the only blemish in his solid round.

He held par for the first six holes before carding his first birdie of the day on the seventh. He waited a further six holes before carding his second birdie of the day.

But a string of birdies from the 14th to the 17th proved the wait to be well worth it, and van Zyl found his groove as he moved to five-under-par for the day.

A late bogey on the 18th set his card back to four-under before he finished, but day three proved that selective aggression succeeds in Ireland.

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