Africa-Press – Liberia. Christiaan Bezuidenhout recorded his second straight win on the European Tour as he won the South African Open Championship on Sunday.Bezuidenhout won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club last week.The 26-year-old sealed his win by five shots over Jamie Donaldson at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
fulfilled the dream for any South African golfer as he powered to victory at the SA Open Championship in Sun City on Sunday.
The 26-year-old fired a final-round three-under par 69 to finish the 72 holes at the Gary Player Country Club layout on 18-under par.
Bezuidenhout came into the tournament in rich form on the back of a victory in last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.
The home favourite held a five-shot lead heading into the final round and scored four birdies and a bogey to seal a five-shot win.
With the win, Bezuidenhout made history, becoming the first golfer since Englishman Justin Rose in 2017 to win consecutive tournaments on the European Tour.
“It’s unreal. It’s every South African golfer’s dream to win their national tournament,” said Bezuidenhout after his round.
“I fought hard today, a few things didn’t go my way but I dug deep to come out with a win today.”
Welshman Jamie Donaldson fired a closing three-under-par 69 to finish on a 13-under-par – five shots behind Bezuidenhout.
Nine shots behind Bezuidenhout was JC Ritchie on 9-under, while Hennie du Plessis finished in a tie for fifth on 8-under alongside German Marcel Siem and Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent.
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SA Open Championship at Gary Player Country Club – Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa)