Mon 13 Nov 2017, 09:09
Watch the Nedbank Golf Challenge
In case you missed the chips, putts and drives in the final round of the $7.5 million Nedbank Golf Challenge live from the Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, on your Channel of Champions, re-live every dramatic moment and catch all the highlights on DStv Catch Up.
Branden Grace made sure that the famous crystal Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy remains on home soil for the first time in 10 years since Trevor Immelman hoisted it aloft on the 18th green back in 2007.
With a six under-par 66 and the rare distinction of making every green in regulation during a tense final round, the South African captured the tournament dubbed ’Africa’s Major’ by a single stroke from Scott Jamieson of Scotland on 11 under par 277.
"This is awesome," exclaimed Branden. "This is the one event that as a South African you want to win. It's Africa's Major for a reason and what a special place it is.”
"There's a lot of history and a lot of great winners on the trophy and I'm very glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well.”
His triumph and elevation into the Race to Dubai top 10 (moves from 32nd to 9th) capped an outstanding week in which the 29-year-old Fancourt professional found out on Wednesday that his wife Nieke was pregnant with their first child.
The Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was third on nine-under-par, with China’s surprise package Haotong Li carding a final round 64, to grab fourth place on seven-under.
Fast Facts: Branden Grace:
Claims his eighth European Tour win in his 167th appearance.
Captures his first victory since the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2016.
He becomes the first South African winner of the NGC since Trevor Immelman in 2007.
Climbs to ninth place (from 34th) in the Race to Dubai rankings presented by Rolex.
Looks set to move from 44th to 29th in the Official Golf World Rankings.
Becomes the first player to win a Rolex Series event on home soil.
Claims the sixth European Tour title by a South African this season.
Becomes the first winner to hit all 18 greens in regulation since Paul Casey at the 2014 KLM Open.
Other South African Scores (Final Round and Overall): Darren Fichardt 68 (-5 - joint 6th), Louis Oosthuizen 70 (-4 - joint 8th), Haydn Porteous 73 (-2 – joint 12th), Charl Schwartzel (-2 – joint 12th), Richard Sterne 72 (-1 – joint 19th), George Coetzee 71 (+3 – joint 37th), 72 (+4 – joint 42nd), Dylan Frittelli 73 (+4 – joint 42nd), Brandon Stone 70 (+12 – joint 66th).
(Statistics courtesy of European Tour)
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By Trevor Cramer