South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout has clinched his first European Tour title in style with a six-shot victory at the Andalucia Masters in Spain.
Bezuidenhout shot a closing even-par 71 at Valderrama to finish well clear of a group of five on Sunday, and earn a spot in next month's Open Championship in the process.
"I'm really proud of myself, hanging in there today," said the 25-year-old, who arrived in Sotogrande in good form following a tie for third at last week's BMW International Open in Munich.
After three rounds in the 60s, Bezuidenhout started Sunday's final round five shots clear of Spanish World No.11 Jon Rahm.
Birdies at the first two holes seemed to have set up a victory procession for Bezuidenhout, but he promptly bogied four of the next five and his lead was down to three.
The pivotal moment came at the 8th hole, where he holed a clutch 10-foot putt to save par and stem the bleeding.
RIGHT: Bezuidenhout defeated four Spaniards and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera by six shots at Valderrama. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.
"I went through a tough stretch (but the) great save on 8 kept the momentum on my side and bounced back with three birdies in a row," Bezuidenhout said.
"That settled me down nicely. I knew I just had to keep going and hit greens."
He finished at 10-under 274.
Rahm battled to a 72 and a share of second place with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros (66), Adri Arnaus (69), Eduardo de la Riva (69) and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera (68).
Arnaus and Lorenzo-Vera also punched tickets to the July 18-21 Open at Royal Portrush.
Tournament host Sergio Garcia finished another shot back, alone in seventh.
None of the Australians made par.
The best-placed Australian was Min Woo Lee who finished two-over in equal 23rd place, while Jason Scrivener was three-over in 26th place and Wade Ormsby finished another five shots back in equal 56th.