Branden makes Dubai weekend in style

Branden Grace closed out the second round of the DP World Tour Championship with four consecutive birdies and gave himself a real chance to contend at the weekend in Dubai.


“The putter was getting to me through 14 and then I made one good birdie putt at 15 and that gave me a little push. You just need that one putt to go in and then you get some momentum and take it from there,” he said.


The four-time European Tour champ posted 67 for the second round to share 12th place amongst the 60 best players of the 2014 European Tour season. Defending champion Henrik Stenson set the pace at 10-under and held a two-shot lead over Danny Willett, Rory McIlroy and Richie Ramsay heading into the weekend.


But Grace was thereabouts after his birdie streak restored his self-belief.


“It’s all positives at the moment. I had a couple of missed cuts in the middle of this year, but towards the end of the season things are coming right. If I can convert this I’ll be looking at a top-five finish, which is where I feel that I should be,” he said.


The Fancourt Foundation graduate returns to local shores for the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open next week, but 36 important holes stand between him and that flight home.


“There is a lot at stake ahead, especially with us going back to South Africa for a few of those events. Hopefully I have a good week here and take that confidence back with me,” he said.


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