27 Apr '16, 9pm

South African WDs Provide Opening in Rio for Jaco Van Zyl

Jaco Van Zyl's Olympic dreams may become a reality thanks to his fellow countrymen's withdrawals...and Twitter. Van Zyl, who is currently 59th in the world and was a solid third alternate for the South African team this summer in Rio, had no hopes of representing his country in golf's return to the Olympic Games. That all changed over the course of a few days when Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel both elected not to play in Rio. Van Zyl's girlfriend saw chatter of the possibility on Twitter and broke the news to him. “I really didn’t think I would [qualify for the Olympics],” Van Zyl told the Golf Channel. “I was third on the [alternate] list, even if one player withdraws or doesn’t make it, the other two would go, right?” Van Zyl is referring to No. 11 Branden Grace. "I had no hope, to be honest." Photo: AP Photo/Michel Euler Jaco van Zyl of South Africa, tees off at...

Full article: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/south-african-wds-provi...

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