Three top-10s this season on the European Tour including a runner-up finish at the Joburg Open, and Zander Lombard is starting to look like a serious South African contender week-in week-out in Europe.
Lombard impressed again in round one of the BMW International Open, carding a five-under-par 67 to leave him in a share of third place.
“It was a really solid morning for me. I kept it in the fairway, which is crucial this week because the rough is just brutal. So I drove it really well and had a good look at some birdies and half of them dropped and it all counted out to a 67,” said Lombard.
The challenging Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim, Germany, put some of the worlds best to the sword in round one, but Lombard fired his way around the course is magnificent fashion.
“It’s brutally hot out there. When you stand behind the bush and there’s no wind, it’s like an oven. So I think I handled everything well and finished strongly with a few good pars and it added up to a nice score,” explained Lombard.
“At least the course I playing fair. The greens are really flat and if you have to hack it out you’ve got a chance to up-and-down. It’s 100 percent about getting it on the fairway and giving yourself opportunities to hit it close. “
With another good week in Europe on the cards after a solid opening round, it’s a simple mental approach that looks to be paying off for the young man from Pretoria.
“I try not to think about it too much. I’m here to win a tournament and I’m going to try my best.”