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2021: Thriston Lawrence
The Joburg Open 2021 was proud to be the first event of the new DP World Tour Championship. Unfortunately, things did not go to plan for the organisers. The combination of some horrible weather and the rapid imposition of a travel ban from South Africa saw the Joburg Open reduced to just 36 holes. While the event will live on in the memory of most involved for the wrong reasons, it will forever be warmly remembered by Thriston Lawrence who claimed his maiden DP World Tour title.
Opening rounds of 65 would usually put a player in a strong position to challenge but in this shortened event it was enough for Lawrence to win comfortably. The 24 year old was four shots clear of his nearest challenger, fellow South African Zander Lombard.
The shortening of the tournament meant that Lawrence did not have to cope with the pressure of seeing out a win even if he initially thought he would. He bogeyed the first hole of his third round, which at the time was scheduled to be his last. As it turned out, inclement weather forced the hand of the tournament organisers who took the decision to abandon the third round and settle the Joburg Open on the basis of the first 36 holes. Bookmakers also settled on this basis which was great news for anybody who backed Lawrence at around the 225/1 mark.