The home favourite entered the final day at Leopard Creek Country Club three shots off the lead and despite making a double and a bogey on the front nine to turn in 35, he had trimmed that gap to one at the turn.
As the rest of the leading contenders fought for their maiden victories, Bezuidenhout then used all of his experience to card three birdies on the way home in a 69 to finish at 14 under, clear of England’s Richard Bland, American Sean Crocker, Pole Adrian Meronk and South African Jayden Schaper.
Bezuidenhout’s route to the top has been a remarkable one, as he revealed in a European Tour Player Blog in March of last year.
2020 Winner Christiaan Bezuidenhout
He nearly died after accidentally drinking rat poison as a child, an event that saw him develop a stutter and anxiety, the medication for which led to him being handed a ban as an amateur.
Bezuidenhout was cleared of using any form of drug to enhance his performance, but his nine month exile from the game meant he missed the Eisenhower Trophy.
Those experiences have not held him back, however, with his victory at the 2019 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation handing him a Major debut at The Open Championship, and he has now played in all of golf’s four biggest events, finishing in the top 40 in his first appearance at the Masters Tournament earlier this month.