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Thriston Lawrence’s dreams come true at the Joburg Open
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Thriston Lawrence’s dreams come true at the Joburg Open

Article Sourced from The Witness

South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence has had a “life-changing” moment.

He found the silver lining at the end of a week of storms in the Joburg Open as he won his first DP World Tour title at Randpark Golf Club on Saturday.

Lawrence was crowned the winner by four strokes after it was decided that a tournament, first reduced to 54 holes because of the Covid-19 travel red list, was further reduced to 36 holes on Saturday because of bad weather.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Lawrence in a statement from the Sunshine Tour.

He won on 12 under par, with fellow South African Zander Lombard taking second on eight under and England’s Ashley Chesters and South Africa’s Shaun Norris sharing third on seven under par.

“I played unbelievable golf over the past two days. I would’ve liked to have finished with a winning putt on 18, but it was out of my control. I went out there with a mentality to finish the tourn

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Winners this season Viktor Hovland, Cameron Champ, Harris English (twice), Stewart Cink (twice) and one of the hottest players, Louis Oosthuizen, are among
12 PING pros in Memphis, Tenn., this week for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.

They are part of an elite field that comprises 48 of the world’s top 50, and nine of the top 10 in FedExCup points (English, Oosthuizen and Hovland all sit inside the top 10).

South African Wilco Nienaber, the longest driver on the European Tour with his G425 LST at 324.04 yards, tees it up in his first WGC event.
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See the full PING roster:

WGC-FEDEX ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL
TPC Southwind
Memphis, Tenn.
Aug. 5-8
Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink
Corey Conners,
Harris English (above)
Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton
Viktor Hovland, Joaquin Niemann
Wilco Nienaber, Louis Oosthuizen

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Tour debut last week led the field in average driving distance at 361.4 yards (approximately 330m) with his G425 LST driver.

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