Christiaan Bezuidenhout wins Alfred Dunhill Championship on home soil

Bezuidenhout: "It's always been a tournament I wanted to win and to pull it off today is really, really special to me."

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Mon, 30 Nov 2020

Christiaan Bezuidenhout claimed his second European Tour title with a victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

The South African posted a 3-under par score of 69 on the final day to win on home soil by four strokes at Leopard Creek, finishing the tournament on 14-under par, four strokes better than the chasing pack.

"It's incredible," the World No.61 told Sky Sports Golf. "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."


Four players shared second place, with overnight leader Adrian Meronk, 19-year-old Jayden Schaper, Englishman Richard Bland and American Sean Crocker all finishing the tournament 10-under par.

Bezuidenhout started the final round three shots off the lead, but a monster-drain for birdie at the third was followed up with two consecutive birdies at the 5th and 6th.

A mistake at the 7th slowed Bezuidenhout's momentum, when his tee shot on the par-3 found the water, leading to a double-bogey five and another bogey followed at the 8th, leaving the 26-year-old two off the pace as he made the turn.

Schaper held the lead but a triple-bogey seven at the par-4 10th hole quickly allowed others back in the race and Bezuidenhout quickly took advantage with birdies at 11, 14 and 15.

Bezuidenhout closed with three pars and with the chasing pack continuing to make multiple mistakes around him, the home favourite secured his second European Tour title, his first since last year's Andalucia Masters.


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