Young, talented: Christiaan Bezuidenhout (No. 6)

2016 Joburg Open: Day 2After winning the 2016 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School this past December, Christiaan Bezuidenhout came out guns blazing at his first event of 2016 with a runner-up finish at the BMW SA Open.

With some serious big match temperament, Bezuidenhout will certainly be one to watch this season. That temperament was on display in December last year when he fought back impressively from being 14 shots off the pace after two rounds to win the 90-hole Q-School marathon, eagling the final hole in the final round to seal the deal and gain playing privileges for 2016.

A T22 finish at the Joburg Open shows real consistency in his game and with two Big Easy Tour wins already under his belt, he certainly is capable of taking home silverware.

Bezuidenhout was South Africa’s number one ranked amateur when he failed a dope test at the 2014 Amateur Championship and the International Golf Federation initially banned him for two years.

But when it was discovered he had been prescribed the drug by his doctor ever since he was a youngster to help cure a severe chronic stutter, his ban was reduced to nine months and immediately after it was lifted last March, he turned professional.

While the rest isn’t history yet, it’s probably history in the making…


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