Branden Grace produces final-round 62 to win South African Open

Oosthuizen is looking to emulate Trevor Immelman's successful defence

Oosthuizen is looking to emulate Trevor Immelman's successful defence

Meanwhile, he was competing in the tournament that outside of the majors has the most significance to the South African native.

Branden Grace held off Louis Oosthuizen during a thrilling final round as he stormed to a three-stroke victory at Randpark Golf Club with a closing nine-under 62.

"That was remarkable", he said after tasting victory in the first event of the new decade in front of his home fans. I can't remember the last time I played this well and was so in the zone - even from the first hole - I had a good look at birdie at the first.

After holing the winning putt, Grace celebrated with his wife, Nieke, and walked off the green with their young son, Roger, in his arms.

Armitage, who found his card at the qualifying school after entering the European circuit in 2016, climbed 42 places with a lap of two eagles, six birdies and just one shot on goal.

Grace finished 113th on last season's Race to Dubai after being in the top 10 for four of the previous seven seasons.

But as he was playing the ninth, he would have heard huge roars behind him when Oosthuizen's seven-iron from the tee on the 211-yard par-three eighth had just enough carry to clear the water and pitch on the green before toppling into the hole for an incredible ace.

Oosthuizen's fireworks notwithstanding, Grace continued to make every makeable birdie putt he saw, and a few that didn't seem likely.

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The victory capped a unique milestone for Grace.

It was Grace's initial triumph considering that raising the Nedbank Golf Challenge prize in November 2017, as well as additionally his 4th European Tour win on house dirt which ought to suffice to lift him back right into the top 100 worldwide positions.

"This was the one that was missing - the second oldest tournament in the world and with so much history".

"My second round putting was not great, but I got my line, speed and rhythm back today and it is reflected in my score".

South African Jaco Ahlers (68) is alone in third on 13 under-par, while a bunch of five players, including home favourite Brandon Grace (67) are a further shot back, but will feel in contention going into Sunday.

Grace birdied the 3rd and also 5th either side of a dazzling eagle at the 4th, and also he grabbed 2 more chance ats the 7th and also nine to prance to the kip down 30 impacts.

Not only was it an awesome way to win his national Open, it was also the same score (62) that Grace shot in the British Open in 2017 at Royal Birkdale - the lowest score ever recorded in a Major.

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