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Van Zyl controls of Open de France
04 Jul 2015 20:08
A day after "finishing in an ambulance", South Africa's Jaco van Zyl carded a brilliant 64 to claim a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Alstom Open de France.
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Van Zyl fell victim to the daunting, water-dominated closing stretch at Le Golf National on Friday, finishing his second round with a bogey on the 17th and double-bogey on the 18th to squander a two-shot lead.
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But the 36-year-old made no such mistake with a flawless performance on Saturday, carding three birdies on the front nine and four more on the back nine, the last coming from a matter of inches on the 18th.
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"Today was really a phenomenal round," said Van Zyl, who fired a hat-trick of birdies from the ninth for the second day running.
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"I felt really comfortable from tee to green and made a couple of nice ones (putts).
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"I was in a similar position yesterday and finished in an ambulance. It's the sort of golf course where you can't let your guard down and have to stay on top of things."
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Michael Hoey is the best of the Irish on two over par, Damien McGrane is six over par.
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