Brandon Stone was almost at a loss for words after recovering from losing a five-shot lead to win the BMW SA Open after a remarkable final round in Johannesburg.
Stone fired a closing 71 at Glendower Golf Club to finish 14 under par, two ahead of fellow South African Christian Bezuidenhout, with England’s Daniel Brooks a shot behind in third after a bogey on the 18th.
The 22-year-old carded seven birdies, six bogeys and just five pars as he went from five shots ahead to two behind in the space of seven holes, before four birdies in the next five secured his first European Tour title.
“I don’t have the vocab to describe how I feel right now,” Stone told Sky Sports 4.
“That round was the most up-and-down round that I’ve ever had in my life, without a doubt in my mind.
“Walking up to the 18th made me think about how the last few years have been.
“They’ve been up and down and up and down and just to pull it through at the end there, I can’t describe it.”
Meanwhile, Darren Clarke will lead the European team at this week’s EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM.
Clarke’s 12-man team will face Jeev Milkha Singh’s Asian side at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.
The EURASIA CUP will also provide Clarke an invaluable insight into how many of the European Tour’s next generation of stars will handle a team environment before this year’s Ryder Cup in the USA.
Every player in Europe’s EURASIA CUP team will expect to challenge for a ticket to Hazeltine National, including Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
“I am looking forward to it – to play for Europe at any level is an honour, but to be able to do it as a professional playing alongside so many great players is going to be fantastic,” said Shane.
“It gives us a great chance to show Darren what we are capable of and hopefully impress him.”