Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Grace Ends S'Africa Wait At $7.5m Nedbank Golf Challenge

Grace Ends S'Africa Wait At $7.5m Nedbank Golf Challenge

Champion Branden Grace is sprayed with champagne by Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Fichardt on the 18th green.

Branden Grace secured a first victory of 2017 by grabbing a one-shot win on home soil at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Grace closed the gap to two by rolling in from 10 feet at the fifth and all three of the final group picked up a shot at the sixth, before Jamieson double-bogeyed the eighth to hand Dubuisson the advantage.

The Nedbank Challenge holds major-like prestige for South Africans, and Sun City hadn't seen a local player win since Trevor Immelman in 2007.

In fact, Jamieson has contested 141 Tour events since his one and only victory in his very first event of the 2013 schedule and also in South Africa.

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Birdies on 14 and 16 proved pivotal for Grace, with Dubuisson dropping a shot in between those two holes to put the 29-year-old in the ascendancy. This is the type of grass that I grew up playing, kikuyu, and I just have fond memories of it.

Drysdale also suffered a costly finish to his round in the company of Fleetwood. He finished third here a year ago, and enjoys the challenge of the Gary Player Country Club course.

Jamieson didn't make a single bogey as he signed for a 67 at the Gary Player Country Club on Saturday, lifting him to eight under for this tournament, the penultimate on the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

Fleetwood has won twice this season on the way to the top of the Race to Dubai standings but he couldn't find his best form on Thursday.

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Ryan Fox was two shots further back and T52 while Scott Hend, who hit back from a tough opening 80 with a third round 68, cooled again with a Sunday 75 to end the week T57.

Grace was sublime tee to green in the final round, hitting all 18 greens in regulation.

But Jamieson, 33, who was seeking to become the first Scotsman to win the competition in 21 years, could not find the form that saw him shoot a bogey-free, five-birdie 67 in the third round.

That was until No. 16. "I think one-under is still a good score here", he said.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, the overnight leader, kept himself in contention one stroke behind Jamieson with a round of 71. Dubuisson dropped back with a bogey there.

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