DP World Tour: Following a thrilling conclusion at the Omega European Masters, Thriston Lawrence won his second DP World Tour match of the year by defeating Matt Wallace in a playoff.
When Lawrence recorded a final-round 69 at Crans-sur-Sierre GC, his three-shot overnight lead vanished. Wallace, Lawrence’s playing partner, moved alongside him on 18 under after shooting a bogey-free 66, only to defeat the Englishman on the first extra play-off hole.
Lawrence’s second victory followed his first, in the season-opening Joburg Open in November of last year. The 25-year-old was moved up to ninth place in the Race to Dubai standings and entered the top 100 for the first time in his career with the victory.
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“It’s a privilege to be able to take this victory,” Lawrence said. “There’s so much history going around this event, all the past champions, so can’t wait to get my hands on that trophy.
“I was happy with my patience this week and just so pleased to be able to win.”
Wallace pitched in from behind the green on the par-four first, while Lawrence nearly holed his approach shot, but the South African recovered by hitting a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-four third.
Wallace made a birdie on the seventh and joined Lawrence in taking advantage of the par-five ninth to get to the turn within one of the lead when the overnight leader found trees off the fifth tee and made a double-bogey.
Wallace moved within one after rolling in a 20-foot birdie at the par-five 14th, but Lawrence was unable to convert from half that distance, and he then failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the par-three 16th, leaving the two tied on 18 under.
A two-putt par was enough for Lawrence to win the match when Wallace missed a putt from six feet to prolong the match after the two players traded pars on the final two holes.
Richard Mansell of England finished third with a score of three under par, one stroke ahead of Jorge Campillo, Antoine Rozner, and Scott Jamieson of Scotland. Alejandro Canizares, who shared the lead after the first round, tied for seventh place with Marcel Schneider.
Former champion Danny Willett finished the week in a tie for ninth place after shooting rounds of 64 and 66 over the weekend, while 2019 champion Sebastian Soderberg advanced to a tie for fourteenth place after shooting a six-under 64 to match the day’s low score.
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