Pro golfer who overcame rat poisoning as kid wins first European Tour

first_imgPro golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout captured his first European Tour victory on Sunday by winning the Andalucia Masters at the Valderrama Golf Course in Spain. But the 25-year-old South African golfer’s journey to his six-shot victory in Spain this weekend was not so easy.In a blog post written for the Tour this past March, Bezuidenhout revealed that he almost died at the age of 2 after accidentally drinking a cup of rat poison disguised in a Coca Cola bottle.“It was a moment which would change my life forever,” Bezuidenhout wrote. “As a result of that moment of naivety I almost died. The hospital had to pump my whole stomach to get rid of all the poison, but the poison affected the whole nervous system in my body.”Fortunately, Bezuidenhout’s life was saved. But the poison left him with long-term issues, including a stutter that he still has today. Being embarrassed by his stutter led to Bezuidenhout developing “a severe case of anxiety.” He began seeing a psychologist and made progress, but therapy couldn’t fix his speech impediment.Robert GarrigusNewsPGA Tour suspends Robert Garrigus for violating drug policylast_img read more