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Thriston Lawrence Player Profile And What's In The Bag

By: | Mon 05 Dec 2022

Article Updated - June 2023

Thriston Lawrence claimed his second win of the season as he overhauled Joost Luiten on a dramatic final day in Germany to take the title at the BMW International Open.

It has been a difficult year for him after an unsuccessful attempt to crack the PGA Tour.

The South African entered the final day at Golfclub München Eichenried four shots behind his rival but had reeled him in by the turn before back-to-back three-putts on the 12th and 13th left him two behind with five to play.

The 17th then proved critical as Lawrence hit a stunning tee-shot to set up a birdie and Luiten three-putted the par-three to drop out of the lead for the first time all day.

Lawrence parred the last for a 69 to finish at 13 under and with Luiten unable to make a birdie on the par-five, the 26-year-old was left celebrating a fourth DP World Tour title.

Luiten's closing 74 left him a shot ahead of Kiwi Daniel Hillier, Japan's Rikuya Hoshino, local favourite Maximilian Kieffer and Pole Adrian Meronk.

Lawrence said: "It means a lot.” He fought back tears after becoming just the second South African to win this trophy after Ernie Els.

"There's been a lot of hard work. I went to America for six weeks and made one cut - this game is not easy. It was a real boost today and I really gave it my all. I feel sorry for Joost, I know how tough this game is.

"I don't know why I'm so emotional but obviously it just shows that it means the world and to get my fourth victory in Germany is unbelievable.

"I seem to win a lot of events that Ernie has won. It's special, he's obviously the ultimate hero for me. I grew up in that era where he was on top of the world and it's very special to to get my name along alongside him."

Player Profile

Lawrence was born in Mbombela, South Africa, on December 3, 1996. As an amateur, he won the South African Amateur Championship in 2013 and 2014 and the Lytham Trophy in 2013. 

He turned professional in 2014 and played on various tours, his first victory coming on the Sunshine Tour's Vodacom Origins event in 2019. 

He won the Joburg Open in 2021, but the tournament was shortened to 36 holes. He finished in a tie for 42nd place at the 150th Open at St Andrews, which was his first major.

He also won the European Masters in 2022, defeating Matt Wallace in a playoff, and the 2022 South African Open.

His victory in the BMW International Open is his fourth on the DP World Tour

He averages  yards from the tee, finding  of fairways and  of greens in regulation. He averages  putts per round, gets up and down from the sand  of the time and has a stroke average of . 

His victory at the BMW International Open takes him to 15th place in the DP World Tour rankings, an improvement of 33 places. He began the week ranked 104th in the world.

Last 10 Events

BMW International Open - 1st

US Open - CUT

The Memorial Tournament - CUT

US PGA Championship - T62nd

Italian Open - CUT

The Tour Championship - T32nd

Stella Artois Players Championship - T28th

Jonsson Workwear Open - T52nd

SDC Championship - T14th

Arnold Palmer Invitational - CUT

Key Stats (DP World Tour: 2022/23)

Driving Distance - 306.99 Yards

Driving Accuracy - 64.95%

Greens in Regulation - 67.69%

Sand Saves - 51.61%

Putts Per Round - 28.55

Scoring Average - 70.62

End of Year World Ranking

2020: 332

2021: 230

2022: 63

What's In Thriston Lawrence's Bag

Driver: PING G425 Max (9 Degrees)

Woods: PING G425 Max (3-Wood, 15 Degrees)

Irons: PING G410 Crossover & PING iBlade (4-Iron to PW)

Wedges: PING Glide 4.0 (50 Degrees, 54 Degrees & 60 Degrees)

Putter: PING PLD Oslo 4

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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