Thomas Bjorn shot a superb final-round 65 as he powered to victory by two strokes at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.
Bjorn began the day three shots behind long-time leader Jamie Donaldson but four birdies allied to two crucial back-nine eagles saw the 42-year-old Dane blast past the hapless Welshman for a deserved victory.
Bjorn was denied a faultless card after a bogey at the last, but it mattered little as the European Tour veteran finished on 20 under par, comfortably clear of Donaldson and Sergio Garcia, who also shot a final-round 65 to finish in a tie for second on 18 under.
Bjorn’s win, his 15th on the European Tour, was the second of the day for golf’s old guard after 49-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez claimed victory in the Hong Kong Open.
“This is right up there with the best days of my career,” said Bjorn.
“You never forget your first victory, and then my win against Tiger in Dubai when I went toe-to-toe with him for four days and came out top was special, but winning here in the way that I did against a field of this quality is up there.
“I knew I had to shoot something low and then see what Jamie was doing. It turned out that it was Sergio and every time I saw a leaderboard he was making birdies. I am very proud of the way I played today - it’s a very special day.”