Result was called after 36 holes of the inaugural event on the DP World Tour with Lawrence beating fellow compatriot Zander Lombard by four shots after posting opening rounds of 65 for a 12-under-par total of 130
Last Updated: 27/11/21 2:55pm
South African Thriston Lawrence has won the Joburg Open after the third round was abandoned because of bad weather.
It meant the result was called after 36 holes of the inaugural event on the DP World Tour with Lawrence beating fellow compatriot Zander Lombard by four shots after posting opening rounds of 65 for a 12-under-par total of 130.
The tournament had already suffered weather delays on both Thursday and Friday with lightning storms and heavy rain leaving large parts of the course unplayable after a second round which was suspended for two-and-a-half hours due to the thunderstorms.
It is the second blow the tournament has suffered after it had to be cut to 54 holes on Friday to help non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their respective countries due to changing coronavirus travel restrictions.
And although England’s Ashley Chesters finished the event in third, five behind, a host of British and Irish players withdrew after South Africa was placed on the red list for travel by the UK government, including former Ryder Cup player David Howell, with Lee Slattery among four further players to withdraw during the weather delay.
With concerns surrounding a new Covid-19 variant in the country, next week’s SA Open Championship is also no longer sanctioned by the DP World Tour, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December cancelled completely due to the Covid-19 situation.
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