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WATCH | Gary Player's emotional phone call to Garrick Higgo: 'You are destined for greatness'

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South African golfer Garrick Higgo (Getty Images)
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Nine-time major champion Gary Player revealed he was emotional after watching Garrick Higgo win his first PGA Tour title at the Palmetto Championship in South Carolina on Sunday.

An overjoyed Player declared that the 22-year-old Sunshine Tour star was "destined for greatness" after his one-shot victory.

"I don't think I've ever in my lifetime been more excited about anybody winning a golf tournament. I had tears in my eyes," Player said in a phone call to Higgo on Sunday.

Higgo picked up his maiden PGA Tour title in only his second PGA start and is the first player to achieve this since 1988.

He is also the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Sungjae Im at the 2020 Honda Classic (21 years, 11 months).

His victory from six strokes behind at the start of the final round is the largest 54-hole deficit overcome by a winner since Bubba Watson made up six strokes to win the 2018 Travelers Championship.

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"You are beginning to believe it now. I think you've got that into your brain now that you believe you can be great. You are destined for greatness," Player told Higgo.

Higgo is also the second left-handed player to win on the PGA Tour this season, following Phil Mickelson's triumph in the PGA Championship.

It's been a meteoric rise since then for the former member of the GolfRSA National Squad.

In the space of three months this year, Higgo has won twice on the European Tour and now on the PGA Tour.

Higgo's fellow South African professionals were quick to congratulate him on social media.

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