EM – Lawrence takes first win at the weather-related Joburg Open

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Thriston Lawrence won his first title, the Johannesburg Open, the prelude to the new DP World Tour after the organizers canceled the game due to “bad weather”.

JOHANNESBURG – South African Thriston Lawrence won his first title, the Johannesburg Open, the prelude to the new DP World Tour after the organizers canceled the game on Saturday due to “increasingly bad weather”.

The tournament had already been reduced to 54 holes due to the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa.

After an exodus of 16 British and Irish players after the opening round on Thursday who tried to come home for quarantine avoid, the organizers took drastic measures.

However, there was nothing they could do about the weather and had no choice but to stop on the track with Lawrence and scare off the first.

“Due to the increasingly bad weather in In the area of ​​Johannesburg the Sunshine Tour, the DP World Tour and the City of Johannesburg were forced to name the result of the Joburg Open after 36 holes “, it says in an Erk Explain by the organizers.

“This means that the winner of the tournament is the South African Thriston Lawrence, who after his matching opening rounds of 65 rounds gave the 24-year-old an overall score of 12 under par and a lead of four strokes over his compatriot Zander Lombard brought it. “

Lawrence was thrilled, despite the bizarre circumstances in which his win came about.

” It’s so surreal, “said Lawrence, whose best-ever 21 EPGA Tour [now The DP World] result Tour] was 17th place together.

“I don’t think anyone thought it would turn out to be finished on a Saturday afternoon, but I’m just really grateful.

Another bonus for Lawrence is that his win will earn him a place at the British Open next year in St. Andrews.

He will be joined by runners-up Lombard and Ashley Chesters, who are level on points with Shaun Norris, who had already qualified third place.

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