A home winner at last as Branden Grace triumphs at Sun City

From FOX Sports - November 12, 2017

Branden Graces record-breaking round of 62 at the British Open has been overtaken for his best memory of 2017.

South Africas Grace won the Nedbank Golf Challenge by one shot after finishing 11-under par on Sunday, making a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to edge in front and become the first home winner at Sun City in a decade.

Graces long putt at the par 3 put him one ahead of playing partner Scott Jamieson and two clear of Victor Dubuisson, who was also part of the final group. Grace made pars on the last two, tapping in on No. 18 for a 66 and his eighth European Tour title, and first since January 2016.

The Nedbank Challenge holds major-like prestige for South Africans, and Sun City hadnt seen a local player win since Trevor Immelman in 2007.

On clinching victory, Grace raised his arms, closed his eyes, and leaned back as he was sprayed with champagne by fellow South African players Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Fichardt.

There was also a big hug from Gary Player.

I think this was probably the loudest applause Ive ever received coming up the 18th hole, said the 29-year-old Grace, who grew up a couple hours drive away in Pretoria. Its awesome. This is really the one I wanted to win. I grew up watching it.

Scotlands Jamieson, the overnight leader, finished second at 10 under after a final-round 70. Frances Dubuisson also finished with a 70 and a shot further back in third.

There were repercussions for the European Tours Race to Dubai title following the penultimate tournament of the season.

Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood carded a 1-under 71 to finish 3 under and in a tie for 10th at Sun City, where a win would have sealed the season title for the Englishman. It means the Race to Dubai will be a three-player race in Dubai at the season-ending World Tour Championship next weekend, when Fleetwood tries to hold on from Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.


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