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Grace eases to Dunhill C'ship win
14 Dec 2014 15:03
South Africa's Branden Grace kept his nerve while all around him lost theirs to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.
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Grace showed a steady hand to claim his first European Tour victory since 2012 as he carded a final round 68 for a tournament total of 20-under-par 268.
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The 26-year-old, who completed the first ever wire-to-wire win in the tournament's history, ended seven shots ahead of compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, who finished with a 69.
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But for the rest of the chasing pack going into the final round it was a day of horrors, most notably Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, who trailed Grace by just a single shot going into Sunday, but carded a 17-over 89 as his game fell to pieces.
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He eventually tied for 49th.
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"It's been a long year and a hard year and now towards the end this is going to be a good Christmas, so it has been a fairytale ending," Grace said at the trophy presentation.
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Grace has never lost after leading at 54 holes, with all four of his previous titles coming in 2012.
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Danny Willett was in contention for a repeat of his Nedbank Challenge victory last weekend as he trailed by three shot, but a double-bogey on the 16th saw him drop six shots in the final three holes to finish with a 76.
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He tied third on 10 under par with compatriot Andrew Johnson and home player Trevor Fisher junior.
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Only eight of the 75 players who featured in Sunday's final round carded under 70.
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Ireland's Kevin Phelan claimed his third 72 of the tournament to finish on one-under par overall.
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