Tony Jacklin praised Marcel Siem's mettle after the German recorded a wire-to-wire win at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
Siem bested Finland's Mikko Ilonen and 2011 champion David Horsey by four strokes to secure his third victory on the European Tour and his first since July's Alstom Open de France.
The 32-year-old's triumph was not enough to earn him a spot this month's Masters, but Jacklin - who seized the 1969 Open Championship title and the 1970 US Open crown - thinks Siem can use his success in Africa as a springboard.
"To lead all the way through the tournament is never easy and even though he got caught a couple of times along the way he soon sped away again," said Jacklin, who garnered eight wins on the European Tour between 1972-82.
"He was pretty fortunate in the first round where he got a 64 but holed a couple of bunker shots. However, sometimes you need to do that to get in front and when he was in front he showed great courage.
"I was very impressed by his putting, too; chipping was difficult and the greens, even though they played at a nice speed, were very difficult, but Marcel's putter saved him a couple of times early on.
"There is an element of drudgery playing week in, week out on the Tour and adjusting to time changes and grasses and it is hard work, but this will give Marcel great confidence.
"He did a great job, kept his head and it could lead to more because he will really feel like he belongs out there now. I expect him to have a very good season from now on."
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