Height: 5 ft 11”
Date of birth: 18th January, 1995
Turned pro: 2015 (plus 5)
Residence: Pretoria, South Africa
Manager: Rory Flanagan
Zander is one of the new breed of South African golfers that is showcasing his 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.
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.
2018 was a rollercoaster year for Lombard, with his best finish of the season on the European Tour coming at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He finished tied 6th here and this secured him a tee time at the 147th Open Championship.
Zander returned to Qualifying School in November 2018 and by finished as the joint winner, he secured his European Tour card for the 2019 season.
He went on to finish his 2019 season ranked 59th on the Race to Dubai rankings, thanks to a tied 3rd place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, tied 7th at the Open de Espana, tied 8th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and tied 9th at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
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.