Van Zyl shoots 61 to grab Turkish Airlines Open lead

Jaco van Zyl made nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open in the Mediterranean city of Antalya.
The South Africanand’s eagle on Thursday came on the par-5 11th hole and he then added five birdies on the last six holes for a score that would have been a course record, if not for preferred lies being used.
andquotI played really nicely and honestly I thought four under par around here was a good score,andquot Van Zyl said. andquotI got it going early in the round and just kept it going. It was really good fun.andquot
Lee Westwood was second after a bogey-free 64, his lowest score in more than a year. Westwood made four straight birdies from the 14th but only picked up one shot on the five par-5s, which Van Zyl played in six under.
Westwood has slipped from No. 1 to 46th in the rankings after a disappointing season, but said he feels like andquotsomething has finally clicked.andquot
andquotItand’s stuff Iand’ve worked on before, but just a slightly different idea to give myself the same feeling as I got when I was playing well,andquot Westwood said. andquotIand’m no spring chicken anymore. Iand’ve been training my hips to work in a certain way the last couple of years, but not playing very well and with not a great hip and leg action. Iand’m trying to train my way out of it now and get it back to where it was,andquot he added.
Rory McIlroy made four birdies on his back nine and was in a group tied for fourth after a 67.