Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters R4

Bezuidenhout seals stunning Valderrama victory

June 27-30
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€3,000,000
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Christiaan Bezuidenhout won his first European Tour title in emphatic style with a six shot victory at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Estrella Damm Andalucía R4 - Bezuidenhout seals stunning Valderrama victory
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The South African came into the final day at Real Club Valderrama with a five shot lead and while he saw that trimmed to three at one point, a closing 71 saw him finish at ten under par, to become only the third different player to lift the trophy after Graeme McDowell (2010), and tournament host Sergio Garcia (2011, 2017, 2018).

“I was relieved, it was a long day. I went through a struggle in the middle of the round, three bogies in a row. I thought, I can’t let it slip. My caddie kept me in the moment nicely and the par save on the eighth hole was crucial. It just got the momentum going that I had lost a bit.

“To bounce back with three birdies in a row after that was nice and it settled the nerves a bit. To come out with a win today is special.”

The victory also secures Bezuidenhout a Major Championship debut at The Open in two weeks, alongside Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera and local favourite Adri Arnaus.


“It’s been a dream since I started playing golf to play in a Major Championship, and to play The Open, which is my favourite Major, just makes it even more special.”

Bezuidenhout’s victory completes a remarkable rise for a player who has had to overcome adversity since a young age. At the age of two he mistakenly drank rat poison, an incident that led to him developing a stammer that caused him to suffer anxiety.

The beta blockers he took to combat his stammer led to him failing a doping test at the 2014 Amateur Championship and while his two year ban was reduced to nine months after officials adjudged he had not been seeking to gain a competitive advantage, he missed out on representing his country at the Eisenhower Trophy.

Now five years on from those dark days, he is a European Tour winner in his 57th appearance and moves into the top ten of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex after two other top three finishes this season.

Spaniards Eduardo de la Riva, Alvaro Quiros and Jon Rahm finished alongside Arnaus and Lorenzo-Vera at four under par in a five way tie for second place.

“As wonderful as it is, it’s always difficult to play on home soil,” said Rahm. “It’s hard to keep my own expectations in check.


“It’s all about Christiaan today; he played a wonderful round of golf. He played an amazing tournament; ten under par this week in Valderrama is no joke.

“Playing in front of a home crowd increases my wanting to win the tournament. You’ve got to focus in yourself and keep it to yourself, but every time I went from the green to the tee the support was unbelievable and at the end it’s really hard to not let that through.”

Garcia was then at three under par, with Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, Belgian Thomas Detry, Gavin Green of Malaysia, German Bernd Ritthammer and Hideto Tanihara of Japan one shot further back.

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“ It was a very solid week,” said Garcia. “You’ve got to be realistic, I feel like I played probably the best I played all year, but I made two putts all week which didn’t help. Taking that into account, finishing sixth shows how well I hit the ball. That’s very positive, and that’s what I’m taking.

“It’s been a great tournament for my foundation, and it’s been fun. Every year we seem to be coming up with things to raise more money and that’s nice. Just to be able to help some people is very fulfilling and a great feeling to have.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-10
66
68
69
71
274
T2
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
68
76
66
280
T2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
68
72
72
68
280
T2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
70
73
69
280
T2
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-4
71
71
69
69
280
T2
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
69
72
67
72
280
7
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
66
72
73
70
281
T8
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
66
74
73
69
282
T8
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
71
72
69
70
282
T8
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
71
73
67
71
282
T8
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
70
70
68
74
282
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
74
68
68
72
282
T13
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
71
70
71
283
T13
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-1
68
71
72
72
283
T15
Julian Suri
USA
Par
67
73
75
69
284
T15
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
72
71
71
70
284
T15
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
68
71
74
71
284
T15
Jorge Campillo
ESP
Par
73
71
68
72
284
T15
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
70
72
69
73
284
T20
Joost Luiten
NED
1
68
75
72
70
285
T20
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
1
69
73
69
74
285
T20
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
73
67
70
75
285
T23
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
2
75
67
74
70
286
T23
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
71
71
71
286
T23
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
67
73
71
75
286
T26
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
72
71
75
69
287
T26
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
69
71
77
70
287
T26
Justin Walters
RSA
3
70
70
76
71
287
T26
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
71
72
73
71
287
T26
Jason Scrivener
AUS
3
71
72
73
71
287
T26
Sean Crocker
USA
3
72
72
70
73
287
T26
Victor Perez
FRA
3
65
74
74
74
287
T26
Sihwan Kim
KOR
3
66
77
70
74
287
T26
George Coetzee
RSA
3
70
69
73
75
287
T26
David Horsey
ENG
3
69
73
70
75
287
T26
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
3
68
72
71
76
287
T37
Chris Paisley
ENG
4
69
71
73
75
288
T37
Grant Forrest
SCO
4
72
72
69
75
288
T39
David Law
SCO
5
70
72
76
71
289
T39
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
5
70
69
78
72
289
T39
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
5
67
73
76
73
289
T39
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
5
71
70
73
75
289
T39
Andres Romero
ARG
5
70
72
72
75
289
T39
Hugo Leon
CHI
5
73
69
71
76
289
T39
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
71
73
69
76
289
T46
Anton Karlsson
SWE
6
66
76
77
71
290
T46
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
71
73
76
70
290
T46
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
6
71
71
75
73
290
T46
Paul Peterson
USA
6
72
71
73
74
290
T46
Stuart Manley
WAL
6
72
72
72
74
290
T46
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
6
70
74
70
76
290
T46
Daniel Gavins
ENG
6
70
74
68
78
290
T53
David Lipsky
USA
7
70
72
75
74
291
T53
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
71
73
72
75
291
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
7
73
70
72
76
291
T56
Shiv Kapur
IND
8
74
70
76
72
292
T56
Wade Ormsby
AUS
8
73
71
72
76
292
T56
Bradley Dredge
WAL
8
67
71
76
78
292
T59
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
9
70
74
77
72
293
T59
Adrien Saddier
SCO
9
73
70
77
73
293
T59
Kim Koivu
FIN
9
72
70
76
75
293
T59
Andrew Johnston
ENG
9
70
73
74
76
293
T59
Samuel Del Val
ESP
9
71
70
73
79
293
T64
Espen Kofstad
NOR
10
70
70
81
73
294
T64
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
10
75
69
75
75
294
T64
Niklas Lemke
SWE
10
68
75
71
80
294
T67
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
12
69
74
81
72
296
T67
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
12
73
70
72
81
296
69
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
13
71
73
75
78
297
70
Oliver Wilson
ENG
18
69
73
79
81
302
71
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
21
73
71
78
83
305
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
72
73
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
72
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
3
75
70
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
70
75
145
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
69
76
145
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
74
71
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
71
74
145
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
73
72
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
4
73
73
146
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
4
71
75
146
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
76
70
146
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
4
68
78
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
4
74
72
146
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
4
70
76
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Darius van Driel
NED
5
73
74
147
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
5
71
76
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
75
72
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
70
77
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
5
70
77
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
68
79
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
5
74
73
147
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
5
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
5
74
73
147
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
77
70
147
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
6
75
73
148
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
6
76
72
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
6
76
72
148
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
71
77
148
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
6
72
76
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
6
75
73
148
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
73
75
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
74
74
148
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
7
74
75
149
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
7
71
78
149
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
7
74
75
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
75
75
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
8
77
73
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
8
75
75
150
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
8
77
73
150
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
8
72
78
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
70
80
150
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
8
74
76
150
CUT
David Borda
ESP
9
71
80
151
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
77
74
151
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
9
76
75
151
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
9
75
76
151
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
9
79
72
151
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
9
71
80
151
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
74
77
151
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
10
72
80
152
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
74
78
152
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
11
75
78
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
12
74
80
154
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
13
74
81
155
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
13
72
83
155
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
13
79
76
155
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
14
79
77
156
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
15
78
79
157
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
15
74
83
157
RET
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
79
79