Branden triumphs at Leopard Creek

Branden Grace reigned supreme at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday, where he left the field seven shots behind and recorded the first wire-to-wire victory of the tournament.

 

“It’s special to win it wire-to-wire, more so because it’s in front of a local crowd. It was a pretty flawless round today and the perfect way to finish off an incredible tournament. Great week in the office,” he said.

 

The 26-year-old gained a fifth European Tour title with a 20-under-par total. He shot rounds of 62, 66, 72, 68 to beat compatriot Louis Oosthuizen by seven shots.

 

“I was satisfied to finish the tournament off the way I did today,” said Grace. “Every time I’ve won is when I’m playing well. I haven’t won when I’m not on top of my game. I was really good off the tee this week and even on the 18th I stuck to my routine.”

 

The Fancourt Foundation graduate last won at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2012 and waited two long years to hoist the leopard bust of this week’s €1,5-million tournament. His name joins the likes of Ernie Els, Richard Sterne and Charl Schwartzel on the plaque.

 

“This is one that any South African wants to tick off the list,” said Grace. “It’s extra special to be the first guy to win both Dunhills, so that’s something for the record books. It’s a great finish to a great week at an amazing place.”

 

The win also catapults him to sixth in the Race to Dubai and gets his 2015 season well underway.

 

“It’s incredible how quickly two years go past. You wonder when the next one will come. It’s been a hard year, but over the past few months the work has paid off. It’s nice to be able to build something up to a win. I’ve been knocking for the last couple of weeks, so it’s nice to finish it off,” he said.

 

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