JOHANNESBURG — Thriston Lawrence held on to win his house South African Open regardless of a final-round 2-over 74 on the Blair Atholl course on Sunday.
Lawrence began the day with a 2-shot lead over Clement Sordet of France and regardless of extending his benefit to five strokes early on the again 9, the South African simply managed to carry off his taking part in associate to complete with an total 16-under 272.
The victory is his third on the European tour, following wins on the Joburg Open a 12 months in the past and the European Masters in August.
“That is what you attempt for, being a child you dream for this second, to win such a prestigious occasion in entrance of an incredible crowd,” stated Lawrence. “It felt all simple going by way of the spherical after which golf occurred on the finish.
“I managed to get it accomplished and I am actually happy,” he added.
Jens Fahrbring of Sweden (70) completed third, 2 pictures off the tempo, and Germany’s Matti Schmid was fourth, one other 3 strokes again.
Lawrence bogeyed the 14th as Sordet made birdie, and worse was to return on the following as Lawrence pulled his method over the inexperienced and into the water to run up a double bogey.
One other dropped shot on No. 16 meant Lawrence and Sordet had been tied for the lead, just for Sordet to bogey the seventeenth after failing to rise up and down from a greenside bunker.
Sordet discovered extra sand off the tee on the par-5 18th and was unable to seek out the required birdie to power a playoff.
The event was the second of three occasions in South Africa this month as a part of the European Tour’s 2023 season.