Jaco Van Zyl shot an amazing first round at the Turkish Airlines Open of -11 under par 61.
Jaco now leads the Turkish Airlines Open tournament by three shots at the The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course. He is still looking for his first European Tour win, but said he had some good fun out on the course today, finally finding his putting form;
“I played really nicely and honestly I thought four under par around here was a good score.”
“I got it going early in the round and just kept it going. It was really good fun.”
“I’ve had lower scores but obviously not on a calibre golf course like this. I would say this is definitely up there.”
“Obviously starting out on The European Tour a couple of years ago, you always wonder if you belong.”
“Working your way up and being a part of one of these events, it’s really good.”
“I’ve been hitting it really nicely for months now. Been really struggling on the short game, putting in particular.”
“I put a little bit more effort and time into it this week, and I think I’ve found the one.”
A resurgent Lee Westwood is in second place following his opening effort of -8 under par, and the 42 year-old thinks he may have found something, and also said he is no spring chicken;
“I’ve had an idea of what’s been wrong for a while and I’ve been working hard with Mike Walker (his coach) and also with Kevin Duffy in the gym and I think something has finally clicked.”
” It’s stuff I’ve worked on before, but just a slightly different idea to give myself the same feeling as I got when I was playing well.”
“I have six big tournaments before the end of the year. I’ve dropped down the world rankings, so I want to earn as many points as I can to solidify my spot in the top 50 in the world.”
“It’s not been a completely disastrous year by any means but I want next year to obviously be better.”
Chris Wood is in third place with his opening round -6 under par 66.
Rory McIlroy is in the following group of payers at -5 under par, and is trying to become Europe’s number one for the third time. Danny Willett, who is Rory’s nearest challenger in the Race to Dubai, signed for a -3 under par 69 and is in a large group which contains eleven players.
Rory is in good shape, just missed a few putts;
“I feel like my game came together a lot more on the back nine.”
“I was trying to find my rhythm for the first few holes and made a good par save on 18 which gave me some momentum going into the back nine, so overall I’m pretty pleased.”
“I had a few putts that just missed due to maybe lacking a little bit of pace, but for the most part I felt like my putting was a lot better than it has been.”
“It would be nice to go to Dubai with another win under my belt, whether it’s this week or in China next week. I feel like I’ve set myself up for a good three days to have a run at it this week.”