Bezuidenhout survives fan insanity, bad weather for 28th in WM Phoenix Open

Feb 12, 2024 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Christiaan Bezuidenhout came away from the insanity that was the PGA Tour’s WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday with his dignity intact and a share of 28th after his closing three-under-par 68.

The tournament was plagued by shockingly bad fan behaviour and poor weather, as well as going up against the Superbowl on Sunday, but, in the end, was won by Canadian Nick Taylor on the second extra hole in a play-off with American Chaley Hoffman. They were all tied up at 21-under after regulation play was done, and Bezuidenhout was 13 shots behind that on eight-under after rounds of 67-72-69-68.

The 2020 South African Open champion started his final round on the 10th with a birdie, but he was scrambling after that when he made a double on the 11th. There were three more bogeys on his card, but he managed to pick up seven more birdies to assure himself of his top-30 finish.

Garrick Higgo made the cut, and he closed with a two-over 73 to slip down to a share of 49th on five-under for the tournament.

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