The opening DP World Tour event of the season had already been hit with multiple withdrawals, after South Africa had been placed on a number of travel red lists due to a new Covid variant being discovered in the country.
With the Alfred Dunhill Championship completely cancelled and the South African Open Championship becoming solely a Sunshine Tour event, the Joburg Open was the only DP World Tour event left on the calendar for 2021.
Now due to be a Saturday finish to allow for non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their home countries, the Joburg Open has been cancelled, with the increase of inclement weather in the Johannesburg area sealing the events fate.
Round 3 has been suspended due to inclement weather 🚨#JoburgOpen pic.twitter.com/jv75k4xCobNovember 27, 2021
As a result, it means the winner of the tournament is South African Thriston Lawrence, with his two rounds of 65 giving the 24-year-old a 12-under-par total and a four shot winning margin over his compatriot Zander Lombard.
The tournament had suffered weather delays on both Thursday and Friday, with Saturday’s lightning storms and heavy rain leaving large parts of the course unplayable, leaving officials with little option.
Due to the 36-hole finish, it also means that Lawrence, Lombard and Ashley Chesters qualify for The 150th Open Championship, which gets underway at St Andrews in July.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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