Lawrence Records Maiden Win In Weather-affected Joburg Open
Zeeshan Mehtab Published November 27, 2021 | 09:09 PM
South Africa's Thriston Lawrence won his maiden title, the Johannesburg Open -- the curtain raiser for the new DP World Tour, after organisers called off play on Saturday due to "increasingly inclement weather".
Johannesburg, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Nov, 2021 ) :South Africa's Thriston Lawrence won his maiden title, the Johannesburg Open -- the curtain raiser for the new DP World Tour, after organisers called off play on Saturday due to "increasingly inclement weather".
After an exodus of 16 British and Irish players following Thursday's opening round, scrambling to get home to avoid quarantine, organisers took drastic action.
"Due to increasingly inclement weather in the Johannesburg area, the Sunshine Tour, DP World Tour and City of Johannesburg have been forced to call the result of the Joburg Open after 36 holes," read a statement from the organisers.
"It means the winner of the tournament is South African Thriston Lawrence, following his matching opening rounds of 65 which gave the 24-year-old a 12-under-par total of 130 and a four shot winning margin over his compatriot Zander Lombard." Lawrence was ecstatic despite the rather bizarre circumstances of how his victory came about.
"I don't think anyone thought it would turn out this way, to finish on a Saturday afternoon but I'm just really thankful.
"It's a lifechanging moment for me. It's a lifelong dream that has come true."A further bonus for Lawrence is his victory earns him a place at next year's British Open at St Andrews.
Joining him there will be runner-up Lombard and Ashley Chesters, who finished tied for third with Shaun Norris, who had already qualified.