Andy Sullivan won his first European Tour title with a brilliant birdie on the first playoff hole as Charl Schwartzel let a five-shot overnight lead slip at the South African Open on Sunday.

Schwartzel (74) finished terribly, with two bogeys and a double-bogey in his last five holes, to fall back to 11-under and allow Sullivan (67) a chance at victory in the playoff.

Both players missed the fairway off the tee in the playoff, but Sullivan sent a low pitch from under a tree onto the green, and then holed out for an unexpected birdie.

The Englishman had made up seven shots on Schwartzel in the final round and was waiting in the clubhouse when the South African unraveled at the end after leading by four shots with five holes to play.