At the Joburg Open in South Africa, qualifying round for the British Open 2022 at St Andrew’s. DP World Tour officials were left in a difficult situation. Thunderstorms on Saturday forced the third round to be suspended. The British Open fans can buy British Open Tickets from our website.
As the weather deteriorated and concerns about the emergence of new COVID variants in the country were imminent. Officials decided to cancel the round entirely and cancel the match after 36 holes.
After hitting a pair of 65s in the opening two rounds of the RandPark Stadium in Johannesburg. South African Thriston Lawrence was declared the winner. The 24-year-old has a total score of 12 under par, 130 under par. And four strokes ahead of compatriot Zander Lombard, who gave Lawrence his first win on the former European Tour.
On Friday, tournament officials are struggling to resolve issues surrounding the new COVID variant Omicron. Which has resulted in multiple countries restricting travel from southern Africa. Before the restrictions went into effect, more than a dozen British and Irish players withdrew from the game to return home.
The third and final round of the game ends on Saturday, the tournament eventually announced the reduction of play to 54 holes.
“Made to help them return safely and to help non-South African resident players. Caddies, and game support staff return to their home countries and give them an extra day to arrange their journey.”
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The next two DP World Tour events will also be held in South Africa. But both have been removed from the schedule. The South African British Open originally scheduled for December 2-5 is currently the Sunshine Tour only.
Takes part in the first race of the 2021-22 season. But for Lawrence, who entered the 503 world rankings this week. His first win on the 22nd tour of his career is still significant.
“To be honest, I’m trembling, I don’t think anyone thinks things will turn out this way. It’s too surreal,” Lawrence said.
“I’m grateful. For me, this is a life-changing moment.”
The Joburg Open is also a qualifying round for the St Andrews British Open 2022. The top three players who did not qualify for the major in July next year were qualified. And England’s Lawrence, Lombard, and Ashley Chesters (shared in third place) qualified.
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