Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nedbank Challenge: Oliver Wilson in contention as Zander Lombard leads

Nedbank Challenge: Oliver Wilson in contention as Zander Lombard leads

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.

Zander Lombard will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge despite his worst round of the week on home soil.

But he hit back with birdies at nine and 10 and picked up two more at the 14th and 15th to regain the outright lead, only to go long with his tee shot to the par-three 16th and slip back to 11 under as Detry birdied to join Lombard at the top of the leaderboard.

Englishman Oliver Wilson was then at eight under after a 67, alongside Swede Marcus Kinhult.

Lombard, ranked number 234 in the world and without a win on the European Tour, will head into Sunday with a tournament total of 11 under-par as slippery greens and challenging pin placements meant another day of high scores in the third round.

"My body is feeling great, I had a great rest last night and I felt great this morning so no issues there".

"I don't want to sound cocky but it's been a long time coming".

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"I feel like I've matured enough to handle it and hopefully going forward do one better tomorrow", said Lombard.

The Tramore rookie (24) made three birdies and dropped just one stroke on The Hills Course at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona to lie joint 33rd, just one stroke outside the crucial top 25.

Lombard recovered with four birdies in the space of seven holes and despite another bogey at 16, he is the man to catch on 11 under at Gary Player Country Club. "But I settled down quickly with a birdie on the second and it was just all really good vibes from there". "It's nice to get some results from all the hard work", said Lombard.

Westwood's hopes of defending his title were hit by a round of 73 that included a double-bogey six at the 13th, leaving him on three under.

Oosthuizen's bid for his first victory of 2019 remained a genuine prospect despite enduring a "scrappy" third round as he mixed three birdies with two bogeys in a 71, and the former Open champion will be determined to rediscover the form that swept him to a 63 on the opening day.

"There were lots of three and four iron approach shots, so I am very pleased with the comeback".

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