Nov 27th, 2021
Lawrence leads as Joburg Open cut to 54 holes
Following international travel restrictions imposed on South Africa
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The South African managed to avoid the storms around Randpark Golf Club on Friday to record a second consecutive round of 65 and get to 12 under par, four clear of countryman Zander Lombard, who carded a 67.
"It's been lovely. Everything seems to be working well. I've made three eagles in six rounds so that's six-under just there," said Lawrence.
"I've been hitting it nicely off the tee and putting nicely for a change. I know this golf course quite well so I've got great confidence on the greens."
Lawrence is playing just his 22nd DP World Tour event this week and seeking to add to the Sunshine Tour win he claimed at the 2019 Vodacom Origins Stellenbosch.
England's Ashley Chesters is at seven under par, one ahead of Spaniard Angel Hidalgo, with South African Hennie du Plessis in the clubhouse at five under.
After play ended early due to dangerous conditions on day one, two hours and 33 minutes were lost to storms on day two, with the field facing heavy rain for much of the time after the resumption.
Home favourite Shaun Norris was the best of the afternoon wave at six under with seven holes of round two to complete on day three.
Round two will resume at 6.30 am local time on Saturday, before the third and final round. The Sunshine Tour, DP World Tour and City of Johannesburg have decided to reduce the tournament to 54 holes following international travel restrictions imposed on South Africa on Friday due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in the country.
The Sunshine Tour, DP World Tour and City of Johannesburg have decided to reduce the Joburg Open to 54 holes to help non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their home countries. The decision was taken to help facilitate their safe return and give them an extra day to make travel arrangements.
The move follows international travel restrictions imposed on South Africa on Friday due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in the country.
Round two of the Joburg Open will resume at 06:30 (local time) on Saturday morning, with the third and final round then due to start at 09.30 on Saturday at the earliest. The third round will be a two-tee start with players grouped in three-balls.