Kempton Park – Whereas the Sunshine Tour’s Tour Championship which tees off on Thursday at Serengeti Estates this week is shaping as much as be one thing of a victory lap for Zander Lombard, there’s extra at stake than merely confirming his standing because the 2018/19 Order of Benefit winner.
He has a virtually R640 000 benefit over his nearest rival, Justin Harding, and with Harding opting to relaxation up forward of the essential World Golf Championship-Dell Applied sciences Match Play in Texas subsequent week, Lombard definitely cannot be caught by the person in third, Bryce Easton.
With the winner of the Tour Championship taking dwelling R240 000 of the R1.5-million purse, Lombard will definitely be introduced with the Sid Brews Trophy for successful the Order of Benefit when the event ends.
“It’ll sink in on Sunday once I truly get the trophy,” he stated. “It is one thing I have been working in the direction of for a very long time and it is good to get rewarded.”
In fact, there’s the small matter of the event that he’d prefer to win, too.
“You continue to wish to win each time you tee it up,” he stated. “I am positively going to focus on the market, however no matter occurs, it has been an superior season on the Sunshine Tour.”
His personal recreation is in fairly good condition, as nicely, as he finds himself in 41st spot on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings with a share of third at December’s Alfred Dunhill Championship the spotlight of his season file.
“I am hitting the ball very well,” he stated. “I simply have to put some ending touches on my recreation, as a result of the course is sort of tough on the market. There are a number of slopes on the greens, and there is a number of tough, so I feel tidying up shall be tough this week.”
Regardless of these attainable issues, Serengeti is a course he likes.
“I feel it is an superior course,” he stated. “It fits my recreation. It’s totally American-style. It is lengthy and it is not slim, however when you miss the fairways, you are going to wrestle to make par. Hitting fairways shall be key this week that will help you get the ball onto the proper tiers of the greens.”
Whereas a number of the eye shall be on Lombard, there are different gamers who will need the status of successful the Tour Championship.
Maybe essentially the most likely-looking winner within the 40-man discipline is JC Ritchie, contemporary off his victory within the Limpopo Championship – and that adopted a win the week earlier than with Jaco Prinsloo within the Group Championship.
Moreover Ritchie and Lombard – who gained the Vodacom Origins of Golf occasion at Zebula in August final 12 months – there are 10 different 2018/19 Sunshine Tour winners within the discipline, and 11 when you rely Prinsloo. That is some critical firepower and whoever wins must produce an entire efficiency.