Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Branden Grace: Hopefully third time lucky at #NGC2017

Branden Grace: Hopefully third time lucky at #NGC2017

Branden Grace's 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 16 set up his one-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, giving South Africa a home victor at Sun City for the first time in a decade.

Feeding off the support from outside the ropes, Grace closed with a bogey-free six-under-par 66 at Sun City to finish with an 11-under 277 total, pipping overnight leader Jamieson by a shot after he signed off with a 70.

"It's dream come true to win at Sun City and to win Africa's major", said Grace.

Branden Grace surged to the finish line at the Gary Player Country Club to grab a popular victory in his home country at the penultimate event of the European Tour's 2017 season.

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Dual Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari produced the lowest round of the day with the Italian managing seven birdies in his bogey-free 65 to share fifth place on three-under par. "That's why I didn't make as many birdies as the day before". "It feels nice to be able to finish the day off with a good round and I'm looking forward to the next couple days".

Last year, Sweden's Alex Noren came from a similar shot deficit to win "Africa's Major" and Fleetwood will need to do the same. I hit the ball so well, gave myself chances, and took some. "I think one-under is still a good score here", he said.

Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood finished on three under and heads to next week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai knowing only Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia can deny him the crown.

The Australasian challenge never materialised in South Africa with Sam Brazel claiming top honours in the group at 4-over and T42.

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As it happens, Grace and Dubuisson (who set the pace early on Thursday) finished joint-third past year so have points to prove at the Gary Player CC.

The 29-year-old also revealed that he found out on Wednesday he is having a baby boy.

"There's still an very bad long way to go but if I can do what I did today, I'll be in with a good shout". He also finished with a 70.

Scott Jamieson was out in 36, with two birdies, and but he had a nasty double bogey on the par four 8. "I think to be in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, it's pretty special", said the player from Southport.

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In 63rd on the money list, Warren missed out on the final event of the season - Ian Poulter got in as last man - after finishing joint 66th, just ahead of Gallacher in 60th.

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