Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
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Branden Grace claims first home title at the South African Open

Branden Grace claims first home title at the South African Open

The South African, who won the British Open in the 2010, takes a 15-under total of 198 into the final round of the European Tour event at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

Those trailing Oosthuizen by three shots include 18-year-old South African Jayden Schaper, whose 69 kept him in contention to become the first amateur in 61 years to win the event.

Grace admitted that he was disappointed that he had to qualify for this year's Open, but is thankful for earning his spot.

Marcus Armitage, the English rookie, finished in 3rd spot, recovering from his 72 on Friday to post 62, 69 on his way to a best finish on the European Tour so far.

"I felt in control from the start". Oosthuizen finished in second, three shots back.

"This is a trophy I really wanted to get my hands on because it means so much for any South African to win on home soil".

Grace's fantastic efficiency at Randpark GC confirmed conveniently adequate to uncrown the safeguarding champ, that illuminated the last day with a stunning hole-in-one at the 8th however failed a number of times when he did require his putter. "What an emotional day for the Grace family - I win the South African Open for the first time and my wife celebrates her birthday".

"It was just an incredible day and I'm glad I could finish it off".

The 31-year-old comes from a steamy 2019 that saw him fall to 129th in the world rankings, although he did show signs of the former Branden Grace when he finished tied for third in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month.

He took victory by three from compatriot, and the defending champion, Louis Oosthuizen, who had come into the final round with the lead of the tournament.

But while playing the ninth, he would have heard huge roars behind him when Oosthuizen's Iron Seven from the tee in the eighth par 211 yards had enough charge to clear the water and throw on the green before falling into the water. hole for an awesome ace.

Despite carding a bogey five at the second, it was Grace who produced a rousing finish, cancelling out his earlier error with an eagle three at the fourth along with eight birdies inside the first 14 holes to ease himself to 21 under on a day when he putted just 22 times.

The 31- year-old steadly parred 15, 16 and also 17 although he did sustain a nervy minute at the last when he drew his drive right into a hard hinge on the harsh, and also he captured his 2nd heavy however obtained simply sufficient on his round to clear the threat slitting the fairway.

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