European Tour

Van Zyl upbeat despite losing playoff

2017-01-30 11:51
Jaco van Zyl (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South African golfer Jaco van Zyl remains positive despite losing a three-way playoff at the Qatar Masters on Sunday.

Van Zyl started off his final round three shots behind South Korea's Wang Jeung-Hun, and could not have started his final round better by hitting three consecutive birdies.

The Olympian dropped his only shot of the day at the sixth hole, but came back with a birdie on the 13th.

Windy conditions played a vital role, as Van Zyl carded a final round of 68 to finish on 16-under-par for the tournament.

Van Zyl, along with Sweden's Joakim Lagergren and Wang, were forced to compete in a three-way play-off.

Luck was not on the South African's side when he missed the opportunity to birdie the first playoff hole, and had to instead be content with par, as Wang sealed the title.

"I am of course disappointed," Van Zyl said on Twitter.

"However, it is what it is and tomorrow morning we wake up and the sun will be shining and we carry on as normal.

"Every day we learn and so another week goes by and we look onwards and upwards.

Van Zyl started off his 2017 year with an incredible ace at the SA Open, which saw him win a brand new BMW i8.

He looks to get back to the swing of things in the Dubai Desert Classic starting on Thursday, February 2.

"I'm still feeling fit and strong, next week is a new event with new challenges and the same goal... to win," said Van Zyl.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Thomas Aiken carded a final round of 68 to finish tied fourth on 15-under-par, and four-time major winner Ernie Els also showed some form ending off on 11-under-par to finish tied 13th.

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