Meet upcoming golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout who accidentally drank rat poison as a child

    Christiaan Bezuidenhout poses with the trophy after his victory in the South African Open.

    (CNN)South African golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout knows more than most about overcoming adversity.

    The 26-year-old won the South African Open on Sunday to become the first man to win back-to-back European Tour titles since 2017 but his life could have been very different.
    When he was just two-years-old, Bezuidenhout accidentally drank rat poison in a grocery store after mistaking it for a can of soda.
    In a blog post written for the European Tour in 2019, the golfer says it was a moment that changed his life forever.
    "As a result of that moment of naivety, I almost died," he wrote.