Nedbank Golf Challenge R3

South African stars set for Sun City showdown

November 14-17
Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
$7,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Home hero Zander Lombard leads the way at 11 under par going into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – the seventh Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai.

Nedbank Golf Challenge R3 - Lombard leads the way
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“I don’t want to sound cocky, but it (his current form) has been a long time coming. I’ve really made big strides in how I do things on and off the golf course. It’s nice to get some feedback and some results from the hard work.”

But his closest rivals will be snapping at his heels, with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen just one shot back alongside Belgian Thomas Detry, who will be aiming to spoil the South African party in Sun City.

“I need to give myself more chances on the greens, decent chances for birdies, not from 30, 40 feet away all the time,” said Oosthuizen. “But probably a little bit more aiming towards the pins tomorrow and just try and put a little pressure on Zander.


“This is the tournament growing up as a kid you watched and wanting to have your name on that plaque walking up the 9th hole there. It would mean a lot. But I need to play a little better tomorrow.”

Reigning Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Lombard entered the weekend at Gary Player Country Club with a two shot lead, but he was three over par after eight holes as he did battle at the top of the leaderboard with playing partners Oosthuizen and Detry.

“Just couldn’t get it going today,” said Lombard. “I mean, I was 3-over after the eighth, and I had a good fight back to get it back to level par. Then I flushed a 6-iron on the 16th and made a sloppy bogey. I thought it was going to be par, but got a bogey there. All in all, I’m still in the lead. Got to stay positive and really looking forward to tomorrow.

Birdies either side of the turn got him back on track as he battled to a level par round of 72, and despite dropping another on the 16, his maiden European Tour title is in his sights after 2010 Open Champion Oosthuizen bogeyed the 15 th with Detry recording five birdies, a double and a bogey in an eventful back nine.

Swede Marcus Kinhult and England’s Oliver Wilson are three shots off the lead at eight under par, two shots clear of a group of six players that includes defending champion Lee Westwood and current Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex leader Bernd Wiesberger.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Zander Lombard
RSA
-11
68
65
72
205
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-10
63
72
71
206
T2
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
66
71
69
206
T4
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-8
69
72
67
208
T4
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-8
69
69
70
208
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
68
73
69
210
T6
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
70
70
70
210
T6
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-6
71
69
70
210
T6
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
69
70
71
210
T6
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
69
70
71
210
T6
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
70
69
71
210
T12
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
72
70
69
211
T12
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
70
70
71
211
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
69
69
73
211
T15
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
67
73
72
212
T15
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
70
72
212
T17
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
74
70
69
213
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
70
73
70
213
T17
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
71
73
69
213
T17
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
71
69
73
213
T21
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
74
71
69
214
T21
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
70
72
72
214
T21
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-2
69
72
73
214
T21
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
73
76
65
214
T25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
74
70
71
215
T25
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
72
71
72
215
T25
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
72
71
72
215
T25
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
73
73
215
T25
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
70
72
73
215
T25
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
73
69
73
215
T25
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
69
72
74
215
T32
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
73
71
72
216
T32
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
71
72
73
216
T34
Gavin Green
MAS
1
74
70
73
217
T34
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
72
73
72
217
T34
Steven Brown
ENG
1
73
75
69
217
T37
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
74
71
73
218
T37
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
73
74
71
218
T37
Paul Waring
ENG
2
69
71
78
218
T40
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
3
72
73
74
219
T40
Adria Arnaus
ESP
3
74
73
72
219
T40
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
73
74
72
219
T40
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
73
74
72
219
T40
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
3
73
75
71
219
T45
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
76
72
72
220
T45
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
76
73
71
220
T45
Haotong Li
CHN
4
73
76
71
220
T45
Richie Ramsay
SCO
4
72
78
70
220
T45
Scott Hend
AUS
4
77
73
70
220
T45
Justin Harding
RSA
4
73
78
69
220
T51
Ernie Els
RSA
5
68
81
72
221
T51
Branden Grace
RSA
5
74
75
72
221
T51
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
75
74
72
221
T51
Thomas Pieters
BEL
5
73
76
72
221
T51
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
72
79
70
221
T56
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
6
70
74
78
222
T56
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
75
73
74
222
T58
David Lipsky
USA
7
72
74
77
223
T58
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
7
72
75
76
223
T58
Ryan Fox
NZL
7
74
75
74
223
61
Richard Sterne
RSA
9
69
79
77
225
T62
Andrea Pavan
ITA
15
77
74
80
231
T62
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
15
81
75
75
231