The native South African won the 2020 Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots carding a final round of 69 at a total of 14 under.
Bezuidenhout was leading the field of players who were looking for their first win including England’s Richard Baland, American Sean Crocker, Pole Adrian Meronk and the other native South African Jayden Schaper.
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Christian Bezuidenhout said after winning his home tournament “ it’s incredible, This tournament has been close to my heart since I played it for the first time.
It’s always been a tournament I wanted to win and to pull it off today is really, really special to me.”I’m proud of myself to stick in there and to have pulled it off round here.
“I played with Louis (Oosthuizen) and Charl (Schwartzel) in a practice round at Augusta and they said you can’t play this course the way you played it with the previous grass on it. I never thought of it that way and I just came here with a different frame of mind and I played it like it’s playing now – firm and fast.”
The lead had changed hands a couple of times during the day with the leader at the start of the day, Adrian Meronk, put his ball in the water on the 5th and Jayden Schaper had already chipped in on the 2nd to then take the lead.
Bezuidenhout started well with 3 birdies on the 3rd, 5th and 6th holes, but then double-bogeyed the 7th and then bogeyed the 8th to finish the front 9 in 35.
The American Sean Crocker looked like he could take the win when he birdied the 17h, but his tee shot on the 18th went out of bounds and finished with a triple bogey.
Bezuidenhout was able to keep a clean back 9 with 3 birdies that got the South African his second win on the European Tour.
Original article from the European Tour