Thriston Lawrence, 25, makes history by becoming the first South African to be crowned rookie of the year, after a stellar season on the DP World Tour, with two wins, six more top 10s.
A former winner of the Sunshine Tour, Lawrence won the 2022 season by winning his opening tournament there, the Joburg Open, a co-sanctioned tournament, where he defended his title this week.
The victory allowed him not only to earn a bye, but also to participate in a major tournament for the first time at the British Open where he finished in the top 50 in the 150th edition at St Andrews. In August, he was then awarded the Omega European Masters after a play-off against the Englishman Matt Wallace at the prestigious Golf Club Crans Montana, in Switzerland. This victory allowed him to reach a new milestone, since he joined the top 100 of the official world golf ranking for the first time in his career. Lawrence earned six more top 10s, including a tie for second at the Magical Kenya Open and third at the Horizon Irish Open, which saw him finish 14th in the DP World Tour season standings.