Branden Grace claims narrow home win at Nedbank Golf Challenge
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 12/11/17 3:37pm
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.
The world No 44 fired a bogey-free 66 at Gary Player CC to edge ahead of playing partners Scott Jamieson and Victor Dubuisson, who all had spells top of the leaderboard during the final round.
Grace began the day three strokes off the pace but fired six birdies in a flawless display in Sun City, with overnight leader Jamieson a shot back on 10 under and Dubuisson a further stroke adrift.
Dubuisson moved alongside Jamieson with a four-foot birdie at the first, only for the Scot to edge back ahead by matching Grace's gain at the par-five next.
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.
Reaching the turn one ahead, Dubuisson joined his playing partners in posting a two-putt gain at the 10th, but lost his lead when he failed to match Grace and Jamieson's birdies at the par-five 14th.
The Frenchman slipped out of a three-way tie for the lead with a blemish at the 15th, as Grace drained a 40-footer at the par-three next to jump top of the leaderboard.
Jamieson got up-and-down from the rough to save par at the 16th after getting a deflection off a grandstand, but saw his hopes ended when he missed the green with his approach in to the last.
Grace found the heart of the green and two-putted for par to close out a first worldwide victory since April 2016.
Li Haotong fired a round-of-the-day 64 to grab fourth spot ahead of Martin Kaymer, with Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick posting matching 69s to finish tied-sixth and tied-eighth respectively.
Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood finished in a share of 10th to extend his advantage at the top of the standings, leaving him firm favourite to end 2017 as European No 1 at next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship.