Golf

Grace wins China Open

2012-04-22 11:19
Branden Grace (File)

Tianjin - Branden Grace romped home to his third victory of the season with a three-shot win in the Volvo China Open, a European tour event at the Binhai Lake Golf Club on Sunday.

Beginning the day with a three shot lead, the young South African held his nerve, with a final round 69 for a four round total 267, 21-under score ahead of Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts in second place.

The win continued the good play of South African golfers on tour this season, with a total of six victories in 15 events.

Grace accounted for half of that total, Louis Oosthuizen with two wins and Jbe' Kruger one.

Grace also become the third South African to win three times on the European tour in a single season.

Grace was asked if he thought he would have claimed his third victory so soon after securing his tour card in December.

"No, never," he said in the post-round interview. "I thought my first win was around the corner, so to have three now before May is literally unbelievable."

"I've been playing well and feeling like I can win and I've been giving myself the opportunities."

Grace will shoot up the rankings and be around the top 50 mark in the world, which would guarantee him an invite into the coming Majors.

"I want to head over to the States for experience, but [playing] the Majors is a dream come true," Grace said.

"One of my goals was to get into the Masters, I came up short but at least now I've given myself a chance of playing in the next few."

In a familiar final round duel, Grace, 23, was paired with the long-hitting Colsaerts.

The two battled it out at the European tour's Champions event at Fancourt in January, before Colsaerts came unstuck on the 72nd hole.

Grace went on to beat countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff.

It was the George native's second victory in as many weeks, after claiming his debut European tour win the week prior at the Joburg Open.

Grace would have been forgiven playing out the rest of the year having claimed his two tour wins early in the season.

He demonstrated his drive to succeed with confidence over the four days.

Grace made it to 20-under par with a birdie on the seventh hole, but was unable to pick up another shot around the turn, while Colsaerts moved to within two of his lead with nine to play.

Coming down the stretch, Colsaerts was unable to eat into to the South African's lead until the final hole as Grace eased to a comfortable victory.

George Coetzee, the four-time Sunshine tour event winner, still looking for his first European tour victory produced another solid display with a tie for fourth on 16 under par for the week.

Kruger, who picked up his debut European tour win in February, ended in a share of 18th on 12-under.

Keith Horne was further down the leaderboard in share of 44th on a score of seven under.

Scores from the European PGA Tour China Open course on Sunday:

267 Branden Grace (South Africa) 67 67 64 69 270 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 68 67 66 69 271 Richard Finch (Britain) 67 73 65 66 272 Victor Dubuisson (France) 69 68 68 67

George Coetzee (South Africa) 72 67 64 69 273 Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 68 73 65 67

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 72 65 67 69

Marcus Fraser (Australia) 67 69 67 70

Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 70 68 64 71

Alexander Noren (Sweden) 68 72 63 70 274 Richard Green (Australia) 69 70 69 66

Julien Quesne (France) 70 68 69 67

Ignacio Garrido (Spain) 67 69 67 71 275 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 71 69 70 65

Matthew Baldwin (Britain) 65 73 70 67

Paul Lawrie (Britain) 72 67 68 68

Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (France) 66 67 70 72 276 Peter Whiteford (Britain) 70 69 72 66

Jbe' Kruger (South Africa) 66 72 69 69

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 68 70 69 69

Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 68 69 69 70

Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 66 71 68 71 277 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 74 67 69 67

Damien McGrane (Ireland) 67 71 71 68

Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 70 68 69 70

Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 70 69 68 70

Choi Jin-Ho (South Korea) 69 67 70 71

Fredrik Andersson Hed (Sweden) 66 74 64 73 278 Ian Poulter (Britain) 71 71 70 66

Brett Rumford (Australia) 73 69 69 67

David Drysdale (Britain) 70 72 68 68

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 68 72 69 69

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 70 70 68 70

Scott Strange (Australia) 66 71 69 72

Gary Boyd (Britain) 66 67 71 74 279 Anthony Wall (Britain) 68 72 71 68

Simon Dyson (Britain) 71 70 68 70

Andrea Pavan (Italy) 72 67 68 72 280 Rhys Davies (Britain) 72 69 71 68

James Morrison (Britain) 71 69 70 70

Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 68 68 71 73

Danny Willett (Britain) 69 68 69 74

Johan Edfors (Sweden) 71 69 66 74 281 Lorenzo Gagli (Italy) 70 71 73 67

Bradley Dredge (Britain) 70 72 72 67

Markus Brier (Austria) 68 74 72 67

Keith Horne (South Africa) 72 68 72 69

Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 71 71 70 69 282 An Byeong-Hun (South Korea) 69 73 72 68

Soren Hansen (Denmark) 72 70 70 70

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 71 69 68 74 283 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 67 75 72 69

Huang Wenyi (China) 72 68 73 70

Graeme Storm (Britain) 67 75 72 69

Oscar Floren (Sweden) 72 69 72 70

Estanislao Goya (Argentina) 73 69 71 70

Oliver Wilson (Britain) 70 67 73 73

Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 68 73 69 73

Ashley Hall (Australia) 71 71 66 75 284 Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 75 66 73 70

Michael Hoey (Britain) 74 68 71 71

Colin Montgomerie (Britain) 68 72 72 72 285 Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 69 71 74 71 286 Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 69 73 75 69

Zhang Lianwei (China) 69 71 75 71

Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 72 70 74 70

Niclas Fasth (Sweden) 71 71 71 73

Gareth Maybin (Britain) 71 70 71 74 288 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 71 71 73 73 291 Carlos Del Moral (Spain) 72 70 78 71

Read more on:    china open  |  branden grace  |  golf  |  good news
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Palmer powers into lead

2014-08-30 06:53

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.