Thirston Lawrence claimed his first title on the new DP World Tour after winning the Joburg Open, which was reduced to 36 holes after experiencing several weather disruptions, on Saturday.
Ahead of Saturday’s play, the South African tournament had already been cut down to 54 holes due to delays caused by inclement weather and Lawrence was in a strong position to claim the spoils after opening up a four-shot lead at the midway point.
The home favourite made a shaky start when making a bogey at the first hole, his lead quickly cut to three shots, but after a par at the second, the hooter sounded and the players headed back into the clubhouse due to the threat of lightning.
It was hoped the bad weather would pass and play would be resumed, but the decision was made to cut the tournament short and have it as a 36-hole event – handing Lawrence the win by four shots.
South African Zander Lombard finished second on -8, while another home favourite in the shape of Shaun Norris and Englishman Ashley Chesters ended up in a share of third position on -7.
Spaniard Angel Hidalgo and Frenchman Frederic Lacroix were a further stroke behind on -6 in joint-fifth, while South African Hennie Du Plessis was in seventh on -5.
Despite the tournament being cut short, it was still a fantastic breakthrough moment for Lawrence and he will be hoping to keep this momentum going when teeing it up next.
There have been some changes made to the current Summer Swing of the co-sanctioned tournaments in South Africa as a result of the country recently being placed on the travel red list.
The Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour confirmed the South African Open Championship, set to be played at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City from December 2-5, will still be played as scheduled. However, it will go ahead as a solely Sunshine Tour event.
As for The Alfred Dunhill Championship, which was scheduled to be played at Leopard Creek Country Club from December 9-12, this has been cancelled because of the travel restrictions.