Lombard, de Jager get European Tour cards

16th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Lombard, de Jager get European Tour cards

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Lombard, de Jager get European Tour cards

Zander Lombard and Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares shared the spoils on top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of this year’s Qualifying School Final Stage of the European Tour as 27 players earned their playing cards for the next season.

Lombard fired in a final round three-under-par 68 to total 24-under-par 404 and as it is customary in the case of a tie in the event, the duo was crowned joint winners with no play-off taking place.

“I shouldn’t have been here in the first place,” charged Lombard after his impressive display in Spain. “but to come out strong and prove myself to be on the Tour it’s really amazing, I don’t have words for it right now. It’s great.  Having lost my card and now I’ve regained my rights, it’s awesome,” Lombard said.

His struggles on the European Tour this season have been there to see but the 23-year old has vowed t do things a little bit differently from now on.

“I’ve usually had a lazy first half to the season,” he revealed, “but I’m going to try to do things differently this year and play as much as I can early in the year and try to get the numbers up early. I’m going to play four weeks on the trot and then four weeks back home at the beach with a few cocktails.”

Lombard’s compatriot, Louis de Jager, the only other South African who made it through, fired in a blemish-free 65 to progress from Qualifying School for the first time in five attempts, in Tarragona.

With Lombard having won his maiden Sunshine Tour title only recently at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Zebula, and De Jager ending a four-year trophy drought with his victory at the Sibaya Challenge, both players start their European Tour journey on a solid footing and will hope to maintain that winning form from here on.


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