Van Zyl leads after stellar 64

European Tour

Jaco van Zyl will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the French Open after shooting the best round of the tournament so far.

The South African carded seven birdies in a flawless round of 64 at Le Golf National in Paris to move to 10 under par for the tournament.

That was two strokes clear of Germany’s Maximillian Kieffer and three ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.

Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer, who shared the lead overnight, now lies four back on six under after posting a third-round 69.

Kaymer shares fourth place with England’s James Morrison and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who also held a share of the lead heading into Saturday’s action.

Van Zyl missed most of last season with a knee injury, but has been playing on a medical exemption and already has a second place to show for it at the Joburg Open and a third in Morocco.

“Today was really a phenomenal round,” said Van Zyl. “I felt really comfortable tee to green and made a couple of nice putts.

“I hit it really good; I think I missed one fairway, hit 18 out of 18 greens, and made a couple of putts when I needed to.”

Van Zyl has never won on the European Tour, but is hoping his victories on the South African Sunshine Tour will stand him in good stead.

“I think it will play a big role,” he added. “At the end of the day, it’s the same situation, although the stage is a lot bigger. I’ve been in this position a couple of times; hopefully tomorrow we can pull through.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Kieffer is also chasing a maiden European Tour title.

“It feels amazing,” said Kieffer.

“I don’t really expect it to be honest to shoot that low, but obviously the course played a little bit easier today.

“I feel like I’m good enough to win. I think I learned enough in the last two tournaments where I was in the final round with a chance to win, but we will see.

“I don’t know if it’s the time. I just have to hit good golf shots tomorrow and then we will see.”

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