The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award 2022 goes to Thriston Lawrence Thriston Lawrence becomes the first South African to be crowned Rookie of the Year on the DP World Tour, succeeding Germany's Matti Schmid. The 25-year-old from Nelspruit (northeastern South Africa) has won the award named after Sir Henry Cotton thanks to a disruptive rookie season.
Two wins, Joburg Open (where he has been defending the title since yesterday) and Omega European Masters. Six top ten (Kenya Open, MyGolfLife Open, Steyn City Championship, Horizon Irish Open, Czech Masters and Andalucia Masters).
Debut in the Majors, on the occasion of the 150th Open Championship, where he passed the cut, finishing in 42nd place with equal merit.
Thriston Lawrence, statements
Interviewed on the sidelines of the current race, he said: "It is a dream that has come true" "If you take a look at the names on the trophy, it's incredible" "A year ago I didn't even have the category (of exemption, NDR), and starting immediately with a victory, it immediately occurred to me to be able to get to this trophy" “It is an incredible feeling to be able to do it, I am grateful and honored”.
Lawrence then continued: "Getting my first win at the Joburg Open was a very special thing" "It is the place where the dream that changed my life began, and I am honored to be here to defend the title" “That victory opened so many doors for me.
It awarded me the category reserved for the winners, gave me the opportunity to participate in the events of the Rolex Series and to play my first Major in St. Andrews, where it all began. " David Howell, President of the Tournament Committee, said in turn: "Thriston is the worthy winner of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award and, on behalf of the Tournament Committee, I want to congratulate him on his fantastic season."