Pro golfer Thriston Lawrence (25) has won the 2021 Joburg Open tournament.
Lawrence led the standings for two consecutive days, managed to come out victorious despite the adverse weather conditions that ended the golfing tournament prematurely, being reduced to a 36 hole competition.
Newly-elected executive mayor Dr. Mpho Phalatse handed over the trophy and congratulated Thriston for his achievement.
He also became first winner of DP World Tour, which was renamed from The European Tour. This year’s contest also saw the first ever Joburg Ladies Open,a co-sanctioned tournament between the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Ladies European Tour from 2022 – 2024.
“Its unbelievable and a life changing moment for me. Its a lifelong dream as a youngster playing from the Junior foundation, playing SA Boys, Sunshine Tour and now the DP World Tour winner,” said Lawrence speaking after lifting his maiden pro trophy.
As the winner, he walks away with the trophies and prize money, valued at R17,5 million.
The event had been reduced to 54 holes to help players and caddies return to their home countries because of international travel restrictions in the wake of a new Omicron variant in South Africa.
The Joburg Open was hosted and played at the Randpark’s championship golf course, Firethorn.