Van Zyl, Perry share lead
Johannesburg - Jaco van Zyl held a share of the first-round lead at the co-sanctioned Africa Open Golf Challenge, with John Perry, before strong winds caused a delay in play in East London on Thursday morning.
Van Zyl said he was glad the players were able to take a break from the weather.
“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 Perry.
He has 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."
The wind was fierce, gusting up to 70 km per hour from a base of 35-40 kim per hour.