That left him six adrift of the early leader Callum Mowat, and his round, which started on the 10th, had eight birdies – and that included five in a row around the turn – and four bogeys. After the five successive birdies, his card read bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-par-bogey-birdie.
“I got a bit unlucky on a few holes,” said Lombard. “There were some bad breaks, so it was a question of sticking to my game plan and finishing well.”
He finished well in the previous week’s tournament at Vaal de Grace in Parys, where his closing seven-under-par 65 was him finish in third behind the brilliant duel between eventual winner Jean Hugo and Jacques Kruyswijk.
In that final round, he didn’t drop a shot, but he made three bogeys in the second round, and, without those dropped shots, he would have been level with Hugo’s incredible 54-hole winning score of 21-under-par.
So that begs the question as to whether he perhaps tries to make too many birdies. “I’m not aggressive in the way I play. In fact, I’m fairly conservative,” he said. “I’m hitting the ball really well at the moment and putting it well. In Bloemfontein, if you just miss the greens, you can get some bad kicks and some bad lies. There were a few miscued shots, but that’s all that happened.
“Getting some of those bogeys is just part of the game. You’re not going to play a perfect round,” he added.
But getting rid of some of the bogeys is going to help Lombard shoot a very low one sometime soon.