Leapt from 503rd in the world to 243rd by winning November’s Joburg Open and, as the first event of the Open Qualifying Series, booked his place at St Andrews.
“It’s a lifelong dream that’s come true,” he said. “I’ve never played in a major before and to play your first one at St Andrews is unbelievable. I can’t wait – I’m so excited. From a young age it was a goal of mine.”
The event was cut to 36 holes because of weather delays and then Covid concerns and, when it was called off, his opening two rounds of 65 left him four clear of compatriot Zander Lombard, who will also be at the Home of Golf thanks to his performance at Randpark.
It was Lawrence’s second title on his home Sunshine circuit – the first was the 2019 Vodacom Origins of Golf – and first success on the DP World Tour since the tournament was co-sanctioned.
He won back-to-back South African Amateur crowns, also claimed the 2014 Lytham Trophy and while still a teenager was the 2015 winner of the MENA Tour in the Middle East and the following season finished as runner-up to Thomas Detry at the European Challenge Tour’s Bridgestone Challenge.