Height – 5 ft 11”
Date of birth – 18th January 1995
Turned pro – 2015 (plus 5)
Family – Single
Residence – Pretoria, South Africa
Zander is one of the new breed of South African golfers that are showcasing their golfing talents to the world.
Having become a scratch golfer at the age of 12, he was destined to have a glittering amateur career. This included being ranked 1st on the South African Men’s amateur ranking in 2013, ranked 1st on the scratch Players World Ranking in 2014, winner of the Namibian Open in Windhoek, runner up in the 2014 British Amateur Championship and being selected to represent South Africa men’s team in the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey.
Zander turned professional on 14th of November 2015 following the third stage of European Tour Q-School and has been rising up the pro rankings ever since. He had 6 IGT Pro event wins during the period of 2011 – 2014, which led him to be awarded runner up Rookie of the Year in South Africa on the Sunshine Tour.
In 2016 as an affiliate member of the European Tour, Zander had 3 top 10 finishes. A runner up finish at the Joburg Open qualified Zander for the Open Championship at Royal Troon, his debut major.
Throughout his maiden season on the European Tour, Zander also had a 4th place finish at the Australian PGA Championship and a 7th place finish at the Tshwane Open. Zander finished 5th at the Lyoness Open and rounded up his season in 115th place on the Race to Dubai rankings.
Zander also plays on the Sunshine Tour and 2016 was a successful year for him, finishing the season off in 4th place in the Investec Cup rankings. He finished in 4th position at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and the Vodacom Origins – Euphoria. Two other good finishes of 6th and 10th at the Sun Boardwalk Challenge and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open saw Zander soar up the rankings on the Sunshine Tour.
On the 2017 Race to Dubai, Zander’s best finish of the season came at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily, where he was beaten in a playoff by Alvaro Quiros. An opening round of 62 (-9), gave Zander T3 position and this was followed up by a second round of 68. A windy day on the course meant that a solid round of 72 moved Adrian up the leaderboard to solo second. A final round of 68 got Zander into a share of the lead, forcing a play-off with the Spaniard.
Ultimately par would be good enough on the second play-off hole to give Quiros the victory, but it was a massive week for Lombard with regard to his Race to Dubai Ranking.
Another good week for Lombard came at the 2017 Porsche European Open where he finished in T5. Rounds of 70, 72, 69 and 67 saw him finish the week on -10, just 3 behind eventual winner, Jordan Smith.
Zander secured full European Tour playing status for the 2018 season, due to his finishing position on the Access List.
Although 2018 got off to a slow start for Zander, he turned his season around at the Rolex Series event, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, where he finished tied 6thand earned himself a tee time at The Open Championship in Carnoustie.
At Carnoustie, Zander contended all week, being in a tie for 2nd after his first round, tied 6thafter his second round and entering into Sunday, he was tied 13th. A poor finish on Sunday saw Zander finish his week off in tied 67th.
Zander’s maiden win on the Sunshine Tour came earlier on this month at the Vodacom Origins Open, where he birdied the first play-off to seal victory.
Lombard will compete on the European Tour for the remainder of the season and looks to continue his rise up the World Golf Rankings.
DID YOU KNOW?
Away from the course, Zander has a big interest in all sports and is a keen tennis player. He played on the national circuit until it began to clash with his golfing schedule.