Zander Lombard

Both players parred the par four 18th on the first playoff hole, Lombard with a fine two-putt from long range and Quiros a good up-and-down from just over the putting surface.

On the second playoff hole, Lombard narrowly missed the green and could not make a four-footer for par while Quiros safely two-putted for par and the win – which was his first in six years on tour.

Lombard though, the 431st-ranked player in the world, can take solace in his week’s earnings of R1.64 which just about equalled his previous best paycheque of R1.65m he earned at the Joburg Open last year.

Lombard fired a final round three-under 68 to finish on 14-under, following earlier rounds of 62 68 and 72 to enter the playoff. Quiros, meanwhile, produced a back nine five-over par 40 for a closing two-over 73.

The 22-year-old South African showed nerves of steel on the final hole of regulation play as he struck a magical chip shot next to the green to leave a tap-in to book his spot in the playoff. Quiros produced his own bit of magic, however, to join Lombard for extra holes as he holed a par putt on the last from outside 15 feet.

Earlier, Lombard produced a quality opening nine with five birdies and a bogey to go out in four-under, but at the same time Quiros seemed to be in control with a three-under return on the outward loop.

In fact, Quiros moved seven shots clear after the first six holes of the round as he surged to 20-under par, and by the turn was still four ahead. It was then that his swing began to disappear on him, and a number of dropped shots followed.

Though Lombard threw in two birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, he seemed to follow Quiros’ mistakes with errors of his own. The young SA player carded three bogies, but a fine up-and-down on the last meant Lombard was still able to finish on 14-under.