Branden Grace Wins Nedbank Golf Challenge

Cesar Mills
November 13, 2017

Jamieson settled for second a shot off the pace, while Dubuisson finished third on nine under.

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.

He made five birdies in another steady round of golf which has left him in pole position to win "Africa's Major" on Sunday.

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.

Champion Branden Grace is sprayed with champagne by Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Fichardt on the 18th green. "I think to be in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, it's pretty special", said the player from Southport.

There were a few nervy moments during the middle part of his round when his putter went cold and he failed to take advantage after hitting it close on several greens. "I probably needed top eight to do that so second is pretty good".

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They all had a share of the lead with four holes to play, but a brilliant 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th moved Grace to 11 under and with a one-shot victory over Jamieson.

Having once again come out on top of another star-studded field, Grace will hope for more good things at the tour finale in Dubai later this week, and in the Majors next year. It was a grind again, but I've given myself a chance and a lot can still happen. With everyone expecting Jamieson to battle it out with France's Victor Dubuisson for the title, Grace snuck in with a bogey free round to become the first home winner since Trevor Immelman in 2007.

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.

"I've played with some of the best in the world this week and proved I can compete", he said.

The news was extra special for the strong South African after the news he received earlier in the tournament. He was back in 34, with no dropped shots and two further birdies.

Scott Jamieson was out in 36, with two birdies, and but he had a nasty double bogey on the par four 8.

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