Cape Town - South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl didn’t end up with a medal at the Rio Olympic Games, but the experience definitely left an impression on the 37-year-old.
Van Zyl finished tied 43rd out of 59 golfers at 2-over-par with a total of 286.
“The most incredible week I have ever been a part of. Thanks to the SA team and all involved for making this possible and for making it a once in a lifetime experience.”
Although it was all doom and gloom for Van Zyl, he had something to smile about, when he made history in the third round, as he became the second golfer in Olympic history to record an ace.
Two days after the completion of the men’s golf in Rio, the South African is already at his next tournament, as he will participate in the Czech Masters beginning on Thursday.
“Tuesday morning and I’m in Czech for my next event, but still on such a high after the Olympics.”
“It was truly amazing and something I will always cherish,” said Van Zyl.
His South African compatriot Brandon Stone didn’t have anything going for him either, as he finished tied at 55th with 9-over.
Stone and Van Zyl, along with female contentions Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto, were coached and advised by South African golfing legend Gary Player during the remainder of the Rio Games.
The women’s Olympic golf event is expected to tee off on Wednesday.