Young, talented: Zander Lombard (No. 5)

2016 Joburg Open: Day 4Only recently turning 21, Zander Lombard is the youngest player on our list.

He came third in the 2015 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, and pulled off four top-10 finishes during his rookie year on the tour, with a best of third in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Vaal de Grace and a share of third in the St Francis leg of that series.

He was pipped at the post for the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year title by Rourke van der Spuy.

Lombard is an aggressive players, and he made more than 250 birdies during his rookie season – and when he stops dropping shots, he goes low.

He is certainly one of South Africa’s most promising talents and a second-place finish in tough conditions in the Australian PGA Championship at the end of last year proved that.

This young man from Pretoria started 2016 off in fine style having finished the Joburg Open in sole possession of second place, a result that saw him qualify for the Open Championship to be played at Royal Troon this year.


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