Injury forces Jaco to go under the knife

2014-03-30 14:00

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Thirteen-time Sunshine Tour winner Jaco van Zyl says he is worried about the knee injury that is threatening to cut his glorious golf career short.

The golfer is due to undergo surgery on both knees next week in a procedure that will rule him out of action for the rest of the year.

This will happen a week after he defends his Telkom Business PGA Championship title at Johannesburg Country Club.

The tournament begins on Thursday.

This week, Van Zyl (35) told City Press he will be confined to a wheelchair for at least two months after going under the knife.

“No golfer would like to go through this misfortune,” said the troubled Van Zyl.

“What is troubling me most is that my right kneecap keeps popping out and the tendons around it are not growing back. I have decided that both knees should be operated on.

“The injury has been putting enormous strain on my overall game and career as a whole for some time now. I am extremely worried.”

Van Zyl said he felt the operation would be manageable because of the rehabilitation period.

“I’m hoping to take it easy and look at how well rehabilitation goes before I say I’m ready to get back into the swing of things,” he said.

For the past three years, he has been forced to play every tournament with a brace strapped to his right knee.

But despite the difficulty he sometimes experiences on the course, especially when putting, he has put up a great showing overall.

“I am hoping that everything will be fine after the surgery and that my golf will soon be back on track,” he said.

Despite his injury, the player from Lonehill, northern Joburg, is confident about winning the third edition of the Telkom–sponsored tournament, which ranks as one of the country’s three majors, come next Sunday.

The others are the SA Open Championship and the SA Masters.

“It will be great to recover in time to play the SA Open or Nelson Mandela Championship that comes later in the year, otherwise I’ll only be able to compete again in 2015,” said Van Zyl.

It remains to be seen when this enterprising golfer will be in fine enough fettle to tee off again after his operation to do what he knows best – win.

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