JOHANNESBURG Thriston LawrenceHe won his home South African Open, despite a final round 2-over 74 at Blair Atholl on Sunday.
Lawrence began the day with a lead of 2 shots over Clement Sordet, France. However, he was able to extend his lead to 5 strokes on the back nine and the South African managed to hold off his playing partner to complete the round with an overall 16-under 272.
This is his third European tour win, following wins at Joburg Open in 2011 and the European Masters August.
Lawrence said, This is what you aim for, being a child, to win such an prestigious event in front a great crowd. It was easy to go through the round, and then it was over.
He stated, I was able get it done and Im really satisfied.
Lawrence Bogeyed 14th, Sordet made birdie. And worse was to follow on the next hole when Lawrence pulled his approach over green and into the water for a double-bogey.
Another missed shot on No. 16 meant Lawrence and Sordet were tied in the lead. However, Sordet bogeyed the 17th after failing from a greenside bunker.
Sordet found more sand on the par-5 18th, but was unable to find enough birdies to force a playoff.
This tournament was the second of three in South Africa as part of the European Tours season 2023.