Lawrence started the final round 4 strokes off the lead, but his 3-under 69, combined with a 2-over 74 for Luiten, was enough for the South African to win at 13-under overall. Luiten bogeyed the 17th and needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, but he could only make par.
“It means a lot. I’m a bit emotional, to be honest,” Lawrence said. “This game is not easy. It was a real push today and I really gave it my all. I feel sorry for Joost. I know how tough this game is.”
Lawrence has won all four of his titles in just over a year and a half, since his first at the European tour and Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned Joburg Open in November 2021. He’s the second South African to win the BMW International Open after Ernie Els in 2013.
Lawrence’s final round Sunday was full of ups-and-downs with eight birdies and five bogeys.
“At some stage, I didn’t think I’m going to make a par,” he said. “It was birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, just taking, giving.”
The trio another shot behind included Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (69), who won plaudits for his impressive tour debut on an invite after recently finishing his college golf career at Oklahoma State.