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Christiaan Bezuidenhout goes back-to-back in South Africa

South African cruises to 5-stroke victory in South African Open for his 2nd straight title on European Tour's South Africa Swing

5: Number of strokes by which South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout cruised to victory Sunday at the South African Open for his second consecutive victory on the South Africa Swing of co-sponsored events on the European and Sunshine tours. After an uninspired 1-over start on the front nine at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, Bezuidenhout rallied with consecutive birdies at Nos. 10, 11 and 12. He closed with a 3-under 69 for an 18-under 270 total and runaway victory. “It's unbelievable to stand here with an Open win,” Bezuidenhout said. “It's any South African golfer's dream to win a national tournament. It's unreal. I fought hard today. The front nine, things didn't really go my way, and I just dug deep to come out with a win today. That was massive [birdieing the 10th, 11th and 12th]. I knew I had to make pars coming in, and I did it. I'm really, really chuffed to stand here as a winner.” Bezuidenhout, 26, is making a habit of holding the hardware after 72 holes. He rolled to a four-stroke victory seven days earlier at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It was the third victory of the year for Bezuidenhout, who won the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February on the Sunshine Tour. He is a three-time winner on the European Tour. Wales’ Jamie Donaldson closed with a 69 to finish runner-up at 13-under 275. South Africans Dylan Frittelli, Dean Burmester and J.C. Ritchie placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in their national open, which in its 110th edition is one of the longest-running championships in golf (scores).

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