Hint of Grace in the air?

2016 Joburg Open: Day 4Brandon Stone and Haydn Porteous will play on the desert swing of The European Tour ahead of the Tshwane Open on February 11 with the example of Branden Grace firmly in mind.

With back-to-back wins on the European Tour, South African golf seems to be in good hands. The first two events of the year saw Stone triumph at the BMW SA Open and Porteous lifting the cup at the Joburg Open – a thrilling start to 2016 for South African golf as a whole.

Both men, who have competed against each other since junior golf, will be looking to reap the rewards that come with earning a win on the European Tour, much like Grace did when he burst onto the scene in 2012.

Having secured playing rights on the European Tour for the next two seasons, the next chapter is fast approaching, and it looks bright. Like Grace did back in 2012 at the Joburg Open, Stone and Porteous have begun the year with career-changing wins on South African soil. However, it is still to be seen if the two young achievers can emulate Grace, who is South Africa’s highest ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings at 16th.

After Grace’s win in at the 2012 Joburg Open, he promptly went on to win the very next week at the Volvo Golf Championship at The Links at Fancourt.

With the Middle Eastern swing of the European Tour kicking off on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Stone and Porteous will be looking to build on their momentum in time for another good showing in South Africa for the Tshwane Open.

Having played most of their golf in Gauteng growing up, the two newest Sunshine Tour winners will surely be licking their lips at the prospect of another shot at glory at Pretoria Country Club.



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