Garrick Higgo‘s day began with a call from South African golfing great Gary Player. It ended in triumph just like so many of Player’s Sundays did in his Hall of Fame career.

“It’s amazing,” Higgo said. “I just stayed patient all week.”

Indeed, with a steady-and-sure approach, the 22-year-old Higgo won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, taking the tournament after leader Chesson Hadley squandered a 2-shot lead with bogeys on his final three holes.

The left-hander did that with a closing 3-under 68 — his fourth round in the 60s this week — charged by an eagle on the par-5 12th hole and a birdie on the 14th to reach 11 under, the winning score.

Higgo kept himself in position on the challenging 17th hole, rolling in a 10-foot par save after not hitting the fairway on his first two shots.

Higgo sensed the moment was his if he could sink the putt. “I had a good feeling on that,” he said with smile.

He also benefited from a late collapse by Hadley, who held the lead after the second and third rounds. Hadley, seeking his first tour win since 2014, was still ahead by 2 shots starting the 16th hole. But a wayward tee shot led to a bogey there and he failed to get up and down on the 17th and 18th holes to give away the win.

Hadley finished with a 75 after rounds of 65-66-68.