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.
"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.
Seeing @garrick_higgo win his first PGA Tour event in only his second start has been one of the most enjoyable things for me to witness in my career. He is without a doubt the most humble, well mannered young man that you could wish to meet. Watch this space, big things to come! pic.twitter.com/US5Qho6bL3— GARY PLAYER (@garyplayer) June 13, 2021
Congrats @garrick_higgo what a way to start your PGA tour career!!— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) June 13, 2021
What a win!— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) June 13, 2021
Needed a good rest and some recovery work before the @usopengolf was great to be at home with my family too.— Branden Grace (@BrandenGrace) June 14, 2021
Big congrats to @garrick_higgo on his 1st PGA tour win, well done!
See you in California at the beautiful @TorreyPinesGolf pic.twitter.com/dRGz39EVK1
Well done @garrick_higgo world class!— Charl Schwartzel (@CA_Schwartzel) June 14, 2021