Nov 30th, 2020
Bezuidenhout takes the Alfred Dunhill Championship
South African holds his nerve on an exciting final day
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Bezuidenhout started well with three birdies in his opening six holes but then stumbled as he approached the turn. A double-bogey at the short 7th hole followed by a bogey at the 8th dropped him back but a flawless back nine that included three birdies saw him through to victory.
"I'm really pleased I pulled it off," said Bezuidenhout, whose win moves him to ninth in the Race to Dubai.
"Leopard Creek has always been a special place for me, and the golf course this week was immaculate. You don't get much better than this. I've always wanted to win this tournament."
Bezuidenhout was helped out by those around him struggling down the stretch. Overnight leader Adrian Meronk who finished in a tie for second on ten-under was three over for his last six holes in his closing 76.
Sean Crocker was within one off the lead with one hole to play but proceeded to take a triple-bogey eight to fall back into the group on ten-under. The American had just holed a monster putt at the 17th hole for birdie when he hit his tee shot at the last out of bound. His misery was compounded when his fourth shot found a watery grave.
England's Richard Bland and South African Jayden Schaper completed the group in joint second place. Bland closed with a two-under 70 for his best finish since 2017 whilst Schaper stumbled to a three-over 75 having started the day one off the lead.
Robert MacIntyre closed with the best round of the day, his 67 moving him up into a share of sixth alongside Scott Jamieson, Marcus Armitage, Adri Arnaus and Alexander Levy.
Bezuidenhout will be back in action this week at the South African Open which is at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. The European Tour's Golf in Dubai Championship is also on but will be finishing on Saturday to avoid a clash of final rounds.