Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Composed Bezuidenhout wins Dunhill Championship as rivals falter

Bezuidenhout moves up to ninth in the Race to Dubai Meronk overcomes tough start to hold lead at Alfred Dunhill Championship
Noah Ferguson | 02 December, 2020, 11:08

Starting the final day three behind, Bezuidenhout followed a long-range birdie at the third with back-to-back gains from the fifth, only to double-bogey the par-three seventh after finding water off the tee.

"This tournament has been close to my heart since I played it for the first time", he said.

A further two shots back on 205 is another South African, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, one of only two competitors among the first nine on the leaderboard who have can boast of a European Tour victory.

Richard Bland (70) from England, American Sean Crocker (72), Adrian Meronk (76) from Poland and South African Jayden Schaper (75) shared second place on 278. "I've always wanted to win this tournament".

Crocker took advantage of the par five second and short par four sixth - with a dropped shot at the third - before a brilliant drive set up just the second birdie of the day on the tough ninth and he was just one back.

Bezuidenhout will return to action alongside Sharvin and Clandeboye's Jonathan Caldwell in this week's South African Open at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. I am proud of myself for pulling it off.

He almost died after accidentally drinking rat poison as a child, an event that saw him develop a stutter and anxiety, the medication for which led to him being handed a ban as an amateur. "I was inconsolable", he wrote in the same post. You don't get much better than this. He keeps getting better and better.

Amusing enough, his first trip to Augusta helped him this week, specifically an early-week practice round alongside countrymen Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who both gave Bezuidenhout some tips about playing Leopard Creek. "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".

Bezuidenhout, who has battled to the sport's elite level despite almost dying as a child after drinking rat poison, last claimed a European Tour title at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in June 2019. The top 50 players in the world by year's end qualify, and with his win, the South African is projected to move to No. 41 in the world as he prepares for the South African Open next week and the tour's lucrative season finale, the DP World Tour Championship, the following week.

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