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Christiaan Bezuidenhout wins in native South Africa

With 4-stroke victory in Alfred Dunhill event, Bezuidenhout claims 2nd title on European Tour and his 2nd win of 2020 on home tour

4: Number of strokes by which South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday in Malelane, South Africa. After starting the final round three strokes off the lead, Bezuidenhout overcame a double-bogey, bogey stumble on the front nine at Leopard Creek Country Club to shoot 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 total. It was his second victory on the European Tour and third on his native Sunshine Tour, which co-sponsored the event. It also was his second victory of the year in South Africa and comes after he had lost to Lucas Herbert in a playoff at the Dubai Desert Classic in January. “It's incredible,” Bezuidenhout said. “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.” Bezuidenhout, 26, disclosed his route to professional golf in a European Tour blog last year. He was poisoned as a child, leading to a stutter and anxiety, then an overturned drug suspension because of medication that he was prescribed for his issues. American Sean Crocker, who pulled within one stroke of the lead with a birdie on the par-4 17th hole, drove out of bounds and made triple bogey at the par-5 18th hole and settled for a share of second place at 10-under 278. Poland’s Adrian Meronk, the 54-hole leader, faded with a 4-over 76, and also tied for second with England’s Richard Bland (70) and South Africa’s Jayden Schaper (75). The 6-foot-6-inch Meronk was attempting to become the first Pole to win on the European Tour. The tour wraps up its three-week South African Swing this week with the South African Open in Sun City before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Dec. 10-13 (scores).

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