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Golf | SA

Jaco van Zyl © Gallo Images

Van Zyl wins Dimension Data Pro-Am



Jaco van Zyl played in the final group for three weeks in a row and finally made it pay on Sunday with a one-stroke victory in the R3.75-million Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt Golf and Country Estate.

His 17-under-par total of 272 held off the challenge of England’s Daniel Brooks with his final round two-under-par 70 around the Montagu course, with Dean Burmester, Wallie Coetzee, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Hennie Otto a further two strokes back on 275.

That final round wrapped up a tournament played over three courses with a round on each of The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua before the last one on Montagu.

“You kind of feel you need to close at least one of them off,” said Van Zyl of his victory, “so I definitely felt a lot of pressure coming up the stretch.”

Just the previous week, he’d had to endure Darren Fichardt pulling away from him to win the Africa Open, and there were times when he must have thought history would repeat itself.

It seemed especially tense when he made bogeys on five and then again on 14, both of which allowed Brooks to draw level with him. But Brooks was undergoing similar pressures, and bogeys late in his round on 13 and 15 eventually cost him the shot at victory.

On a day during which some players seemed able to go low – France’s Alexander Levy carded a seven-under 65, for instance – Van Zyl admitted that his ability to score had been affected by pressure. He had, after all made four-under on Outeniqua and equalled the course record at The Links with his brilliant nine-under-par 64.

But the course he called “the fairest test in South Africa before he teed off in his final round didn’t make things easy either. “The fairways were a little spongy so the ball never really sat up nicely,” he said, “and you go in with quite a few long irons to flags that were tucked away, so unless you were rolling in quite a few long putts, you don’t have that many opportunities to score.”

Van Zyl started the round in a share of the lead with Otto, who had an unhappy final day after being Mr Consistency for the first three rounds: He made a triple-bogey six on the second, and a bogey five on the sixth, before a run of three consecutive birdies after the turn saw him come back into contention.

Van Zyl had every reason to be pleased with his ability to withstand the pressure – and one of those reasons was a regained confidence going in to next week’s Tshwane Open. “I’ve been getting better every week, and I’m looking forward the European Tour co-sanctioned event in Tshwane,” he said.

SCORES (RSA unless specified):

272 - Jaco van Zyl 68 64 70 70

273 - Daniel Brooks (ENG) 68 67 68 70

275 - Dean Burmester 68 67 72 68, Wallie Coetsee 72 64 72 67, Trevor Fisher Jnr 69 67 69 70, Hennie Otto 66 66 70 73

276 - Darren Fichardt 68 72 69 67, Jaco Ahlers 67 69 70 70

277 - Alexander Levy (FRA) 71 71 70 65, Jake Roos 70 68 73 66, Jean Hugo 67 71 71 68, Mark Tullo (CHI) 69 69 70 69, Jared Harvey 68 69 71 69, Simon Dyson (ENG) 66 67 73 71, Andrew Marshall (ENG) 69 67 70 71

278 - Martin Rominger (SUI) 69 72 68 69, Ockie Strydom 68 69 71 70, Garth Mulroy 69 71 69 69

279 - Desvonde Botes 67 72 70 70

280 - Danie van Tonder 71 68 74 67, James Kingston 67 71 75 67, Alexandre Kaleka (FRA) 74 69 68 69, Vaughn Groenewald 74 68 66 72

281 - Thabo Maseko 74 68 73 66, Doug McGuigan 72 71 69 69, Ulrich van den Berg 72 69 69 71, Seve Benson (ENG) 74 66 70 71, Dawie Van der Walt 67 68 75 71, Ruan de Smidt 70 69 69 73

282 - Martin du Toit 71 70 75 66, Christiaan Basson 69 69 73 71, PH McIntyre 70 74 68 70, Merrick Bremner 69 68 73 72, Justin Harding 65 72 72 73

283 - Allan Versfeld 70 75 68 70

284 - Johan de Beer 72 70 71 71, Tyrone Ferreira 71 69 73 71, Alan McLean (SCO) 70 69 71 74

285 - Dylan Frittelli 68 78 70 69, Justin Walters 72 70 70 73, Steven Ferreira 69 72 70 74

286 - Laurie Canter (ENG) 69 74 73 70, Tyrone Ryan 69 69 78 70, Thomas Aiken 70 69 76 71, Lasse Jensen(DEN) 68 73 72 73, Colin Nel 71 72 70 73, John Moore (USA) 72 71 70 73, Attie Schwartzel 73 71 68 74

287 - Keith Horne 71 72 73 71, Andrew Georgiou 69 71 76 71, Michael Gligic (CAN) 72 74 68 73, Alastair Forsyth (SCO) 71 71 70 75, Dean O'Riley 71 73 65 78

288 - Matthew Nixon (ENG) 68 73 75 72, Torben Baumann (GER) 68 72 76 72, Theunis Spangenberg 68 73 75 72, Jean-Paul Strydom 70 75 71 72, Tjaart van der Walt 67 69 74 78

289 - Graeme Storm (ENG) 72 71 74 72, Louis de Jager 72 70 69 78, Brandon Pieters 72 68 75 74

290 - Ross McGowan (ENG) 71 74 72 73, Jacques Blaauw 71 72 71 76

291 - Le Roux Ferreira 75 68 74 74, Teboho Sefatsa 74 69 73 75

292 - Anthony Michael 72 76 69 75

294 - Brett Liddle 69 75 73 77, Ryan Tipping 73 71 73 77, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 70 74 71 79

295 - Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 76 75 66 78

297 - Chris Lloyd (ENG) 75 72 70 80

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