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Golf: South African Lawrence wins the Johannesburg Open

JOHANNESBURG South African golfer Thriston Lawrence won the Johannesburg Open on Saturday after the third round was canceled due to bad we



South African golfer Thriston Lawrence won the Johannesburg Open on Saturday after the third round was canceled due to bad weather. The result was declared after 36 holes of the inaugural event of the DP World Tour.

The win secured Lawrence a participation in the upcoming British Open at St. Andrews, along with second and third: South African Zander Lombard (8 under par) and Englishman Ashley Chesters (7 under par).

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes on Friday night to allow non-South African players, caddies and support personnel to return to their countries, a decision that was due to the travel restrictions imposed on South Africa when a new variant of COVID- appeared. 19 in the country.

Lawrence held a four-shot lead at the end of the second round, going 65-65 for 12-under overall. It was his first win on the previously called European Tour, which earned the player number 503 in the ranking full membership.

The game was suspended at 1012 GNT on Saturday — when Lawrence was just entering his third round — due to heavy rain and the threat of a thunderstorm.

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