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Zander Lombard of South Africa shall face Scotland’s Bradley Neil (pictured to the right) in the final of The Amateur Championship 2014 at Royal Portrush Links, Northern Ireland.BRAD NEIL SA 3

The ‘major’ reward for the winner is a place in the starting line-up for the 2015 US Masters and The Open Championship 2015.

Understandably considering what’s at stake, the finalists won two very nervy semi finals this afternoon.

In the top half of the draw, Lombard defeated Sean Towndrow of England on the final green in a very close game that the South African golfer was never behind in.

The South African won the second hole with a birdie four but was pegged back to all square at the turn, with both players being out in approximately +1, 37.

Lombard went two ahead after 14 holes and managed to edge this match with one over par figures.

In the other semi final, Neil went one down to Connor Syme‘s birdie four at the second hole but squared the match with a par figure at the 4th.

Neil, took a commanding lead of four up through 12 holes after Syme carded four bogeys in the space of five holes. In the final analysis, this cost him the match.

Syme, showed great fighting spirit and battled back with sub par figures at the 13th and 15th holes.

Neil, closed the game by grinding out two pars at the 16th and 17th holes to advance to the 36 hole final tomorrow.

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

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