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Garrick Higgo: 10 things on SA's new golfing sensation

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South African golfer Garrick Higgo wins Palmetto Championship (Getty)
South African golfer Garrick Higgo wins Palmetto Championship (Getty)
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South Africa's new golf star Garrick Higgo continued his amazing summer by claiming his maiden PGA Tour title at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree on Sunday.

Higgo posted a 3-under 68 to seal a nervy one-shot victory over six players tied for second, including overnight leader American Chesson Hadley.

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Here are 10 facts or stats on Higgo:

1. Higgo met nine-time major winner Gary Player at the age of nine in Plettenberg Bay and has remained close with him since then.

2. At 18-years-old, he was South Africa's number-one ranked amateur in 2017.

3. In 2017 and 2018, Higgo attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he majored in hospitality management before ending his studies to concentrate on golf.

4. Higgo represented the International Team in the 2017 Junior Presidents Cup. 

5. He attended Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.

6. In 2019, Higgo turned professional, winning twice in his rookie season on the Sunshine Tour - Sun City Challenge and Tour Championship.

7. In only his seventh European Tour start, Higgo picked up his maiden title by winning the Open de Portugal, which was a co-sanctioned Challenge Tour.

8. Higgo sealed two European Tour wins in three weeks in Spain, winning the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and Canary Islands Championship.

9. He became the fastest South African to three European Tour wins (not including Majors and World Golf Championships), matching Tiger Woods' record for the fewest number of events.

10. In only his second PGA Tour start, Higgo is the first player to win in one of his first two career starts since Jim Benepe won the 1988 BMW Championship in his PGA Tour debut.

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