Jaco van Zyl has the somewhat bigger fish to fry of winning the Telkom PGA Championship, but he knows a victory in that tournament could vault him to the top of the Chase to the Investec Cup standings.
With 250 points for the winner of the event at Country Club Johannesburg, a Van Zyl victory will give him 1,139.50 points, and if current leader Darren Fichardt finishes 34th or worse – he started the final round in a share of 52nd – then Van Zyl will hold pole position ahead of the season-ending Investec Cup tournament next week on the Millvale, Rustenburg and Lost City courses.
The 2012/2013 Chase to the Investec Cup season consisted of the tournaments starting with the BMG Classic last October and ending with this week’s Telkom PGA Championship. The top 30 available players on the Investec Bonus Pool ranking, after the Telkom PGA Championship will qualify for the season ending Investec Cup.
The Investec Bonus Pool will carry total prize money of R5-million with R2-million going to the winner – 30th place will pick up R40,000. And the Investec Cup will carry a prize find of R1-million with R 163,400 going to the winner.
“Obviously I’ve been having a look at the Chase to the Investec Cup,” said Van Zyl, “and it’s all going to depend on what happens next week – and I just want to have a fair chance in that tournament and not have to come from too far back.”
With 500 points for the winner – and 450 for the runner up – in next week’s Investec Cup final, Van Zyl will want to have as big a gap between himself and Fichardt as possible if the battle for the R2-million winner’s share of the Bonus Pool turns out to be a straight battle between himself and Fichardt.
They have had great success over the South African summer, and both have tackled the Chase to the Investec Cup with relish. Said Van Zyl: “It’s been a great incentive from Investec, and it going to be fun – and if I win it, it’s going to keep my wife busy for the next couple of weeks.”