Christiaan Bezuidenhout South African golfer PGA
Golf - European Tour - BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain - September 9, 2021 South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

South African golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout has spectacularly put himself in the lead, alongside Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in the UK.

He raced out the blocks, picking up five shots in four holes on the front nine and then closing with three straight birdies on the Surrey course. After his incredible putt on the 18th hole, the European Tour tweeted: “Tying the lead in style. What a start from Christiaan Bezuidenhout.” Watch below.

He sits one ahead of Australia’s Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters Tournament winner, and ahead of England’s Justin Rose.

Bezuidenhout only found out on Sunday that he had secured his PGA Tour card, finishing third at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Indiana.


The 27-year-old from Delmas, who is a three-time winner on the European Tour, has not yet recorded a top ten finish in 2021 so this could be the one! His previous finish at a Rolex Series event was at this same event in 2019, when he placed third.

Thanks to back to back wins in SA in November and December, he finished seventh on the 2020 Race to Dubai.

After today’s performance Bezuidenhout told the European Tour:

“Everything with my game feels better than a year ago. But I’m not getting the scores or the results and stuff. I just keep on doing the right things, keep on doing the same things that have obviously been working over the last year.

“I drove the ball lovely today, so I just kept it in play. Gave myself a chance, and the putter was good.”

The 2021 Championship finishes on Sunday.

WATCH VIDEO: Christiaan Bezuidenhout holes incredible putt at 18 to share PGA lead

UPDATE 12 September 2021: Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished fifth in the competition.