Christiaan Bezuidenhout needed to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff with George Coetzee at the Dimension Data Pro-Am. Instead, he eagled it to claim the victory.
Bezuidenhout, the top-ranked player in the field, found himself in a titanic tussle as Coetzee looked to spoil his wire-to-wire party.
Coetzee fired a bogey-free 66 on Sunday to heap the pressure on Bezuidenhout but a par on the last from the former left the door open. The Andalucia Masters winner barged his way back into the winner’s circle with a three on the last on the iconic par 5 18th at Montague at Fancourt.
Bezuidenhout opened with two birdies to pull clear but dropped a shot at the third and then allowed the contest to intensify as he played the opening three holes on the back nine par, par, bogey.
He pulled to within one with a birdie on 15 before the final hole drama.
In the Pro-Am, Bezuidenhout and Proteas cricketer AB De Villiers finished fourth with Louis De Jager and Sam Hackner losing their grip on the last day. They ended a shot behind Ryan Evans and Alex Maditse.