Nedbank Golf Challenge R2

Lombard shines in Sun City

November 14-17
Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
$7,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Zander Lombard continued his recent run of fine form to take a two shot lead into the weekend at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – the seventh Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai.

Nedbank Golf Challenge R2 - Lombard shines in Sun City
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“Playing with two legends of the game, it was nervy, but I settled down quickly with a birdie on the second and it was just all really good vibes from there. Played really well today.

“The crowds were at their max and all into it. They were cheering and they were fantastic. They were cheering for Ernie and Lee at the start, but I won them over at the end, so it was awesome.

“It’s a huge opportunity, and just need to keep myself calm and do the same on the weekend. I’ve got a great team behind me and the processes are in place. I’m going to stick to my processes. It sounds cliché, but it’s as simple as that and we’ll see where it puts me at the end of the week.”


The South African, who topped last season’s Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, carded a round of 65 to get to 11 under par, with compatriot and 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen at nine under par and Belgian Thomas Detry two shots further back.

“I was fine starting,” said Oosthuizen. “The last six holes got me a bit. The tee shot on 14, I felt it in the right lower with the pain. I think the next two holes, I was thinking of that and didn’t really focus on what I had to do.

“Then on 16 again, I got my focus back and played nicely coming in. Pretty fatigued. Just need to rest for tomorrow.”

All three were in a tie for the lead after Lombard – who was playing alongside defending champion Lee Westwood and South African legend Ernie Els – went eagle-birdie after the turn, but his rivals started heading in the wrong direction as he took control.

Overnight leader Oosthuizen – who was unsure if he would tee off on Thursday after suffering from kidney stones – dropped shots on the 14th and 15th , while Detry double bogeyed the 17th after finding water from the tee and dropped another shot on the last.


“It’s a tough course, anything can happen,” said Detry. “Played some really good golf. On 17, it could have been a high number there. Limited the damage with a double-bogey and got a bit unlucky on 18. Hit a great drive, 300 metres down the middle. But it’s golf and just move on and see tomorrow.

“The putter seems to be working. Whole swing seems to be working as well. Anything can happen on the weekend. A few are guys ahead of me, a few guys behind me. I think it’s going to be a fun battle.”

The 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood and Swede Marcus Kinhult are in a share of fourth place at six under par, with England’s Aaron Rai, Australian Jason Scrivener and Dane Joachim B. Hansen one shot further back.


“It’s a tough golf course,” according to Fleetwood, “and you’re always not that bad of a golf shot away from being stuck in trouble. You’ve just got to stay on it.

“Generally I feel like I can do well. I love this place. I love the week. I think it’s got a great atmosphere to it. I like teeing off on this golf course. I feel like there’s a lot of holes where you have to just make sure you free yourself up.”

The current Race to Dubai leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria is amongst a group of seven players at four under par.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Zander Lombard
RSA
-11
68
65
133
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-9
63
72
135
3
Thomas Detry
BEL
-7
66
71
137
T4
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T4
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
69
69
138
T6
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T6
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
69
70
139
T6
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
69
70
139
T9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
71
69
140
T9
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-4
71
69
140
T9
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
70
140
T9
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
70
70
140
T9
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-4
70
70
140
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-4
69
71
140
T9
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
67
73
140
T16
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
69
72
141
T16
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T16
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
69
72
141
T16
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
73
141
T20
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
72
70
142
T20
Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
73
69
142
T20
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
70
72
142
T20
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
70
72
142
T20
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
73
142
T25
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
72
71
143
T25
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
72
71
143
T25
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
71
72
143
T25
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
70
73
143
T29
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
73
71
144
T29
Tom Lewis
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T29
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
70
74
144
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
74
70
144
T29
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
74
70
144
T29
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
Par
74
70
144
T35
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
72
73
145
T35
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
72
73
145
T35
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
74
71
145
T35
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
74
71
145
39
David Lipsky
USA
2
72
74
146
T40
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
3
72
75
147
T40
Matt Wallace
ENG
3
73
74
147
T40
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
73
74
147
T40
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
73
74
147
T40
Adria Arnaus
ESP
3
74
73
147
T45
Steven Brown
ENG
4
73
75
148
T45
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
73
75
148
T45
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
73
148
T45
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
76
72
148
T45
Richard Sterne
RSA
4
69
79
148
T50
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
5
73
76
149
T50
Haotong Li
CHN
5
73
76
149
T50
Thomas Pieters
BEL
5
73
76
149
T50
Branden Grace
RSA
5
74
75
149
T50
Ryan Fox
NZL
5
74
75
149
T50
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
75
74
149
T50
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
76
73
149
T50
Ernie Els
RSA
5
68
81
149
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
6
72
78
150
T58
Scott Hend
AUS
6
77
73
150
T60
Matthew Southgate
ENG
7
72
79
151
T60
Justin Harding
RSA
7
73
78
151
T60
Andrea Pavan
ITA
7
77
74
151
63
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
12
81
75
156