Lawrence hangs on to win South African Open

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JOHANNESBURG — Thriston Lawrence held on to win his home South African Open despite a final-round 2-over 74 at the Blair Atholl course on Sunday.

Lawrence started the day with a 2-shot lead over Clement Sordet of France and despite extending his advantage to 5 strokes early on the back nine, the South African just managed to hold off his playing partner to finish with an overall 16-under 272.

The victory is his third on the European tour, following wins at the Joburg Open a year ago and the European Masters in August.

“This is what you strive for, being a kid you dream for this moment, to win such a prestigious event in front of an amazing crowd,” said Lawrence. “It felt all easy going through the round and then golf happened at the end.

“I managed to get it done and I’m really pleased,” he added.

Jens Fahrbring of Sweden (70) finished third, 2 shots off the pace, and Germany’s Matti Schmid was fourth, another 3 strokes back.

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