Wind delay won’t affect Jaco’s Africa Open

Jaco van Zyl held a share of the first-round lead at the Africa Open Golf Challenge before strong winds caused a delay in play at 11:28am, but he was comfortable with the break at East London Golf Club.

“It’s getting really difficult out there, to the point where the wind is literally blowing you off your feet. I think it’s a pretty good call, because it’s not getting easier,” he said.

The 10-time Sunshine Tour winner has campaigned on the European Tour for the last two years, and put the experience to good use, moving into a share of the lead alongside John Perry. He’s also become accustomed to wildly varying weather conditions during his years abroad.

“Playing in Europe is no different and we’re used to these weather delays. It’s an unfortunate circumstance of playing a sport where weather is a part of what we do,” said van Zyl.

The wind was fierce in East London, gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour from a base of 35-40 kilometres per hour. But the golfers were calm as they waited to continue the hunt for the Africa Open title.

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