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The South African won his eighth European Tour title by a stroke from Scot Jamieson at the Gary Player CC
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Branden Grace is now an eight-time European Tour winner after a thrilling final day saw the South African come out on top at the Gary Player Country Club.
Grace was in the final group alongside Scot Jamieson and Victor Dubuisson, and all three men were tied on the 15th tee at 10-under.
The South African rolled in a 40-footer on the 16th to seal the victory, as Jamieson parred in and Dubuisson bogeyed 15 to drop to nine under.
Grace made six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66.
He hit all 18 greens in regulation in the final round, and now is only behind Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel in South African wins on the European Tour.
"This is awesome," Grace said.
"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.
"I had to stay patient and I had to take the chances when they came my way. I missed a couple of short ones but I think the big key was the putt on 16."
The 29-year-old also revealed that he found out on Wednesday he is having a baby boy.
It was the first time since Trevor Immelman in 2007 that this event saw a home winner.
Hao-Tong Li posted the lowest score of the week with an eight-under-par 64.
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Tommy Fleetwood remains on top, with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia the only men who can overtake him.
1 Branden Grace -11 (-6)
2 Scot Jamieson -10 (-2)
3 Victor Dubuisson -9 (-2)
4 Hao-Tong Li -7 (-8)
5 Martin Kaymer -6 (-1)
T6 Darren Fichardt -5 (-4)
T6 Lee Westwood -5 (-3)
T8 Matt Fitzpatrick -4 (-3)
T8 Louis Oosthuizen -4 (-2)
T10 Tommy Fleetwood -3 (-1)
T10 Graeme Storm -3 (-2)
*Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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