Chris Paisley Takes Title at BMW SA Open
Chris Paisley put away the field with a final round 66 to take the BMW SA Open Championship in Ekurhuleni, South Africa on Sunday.
Facing down eight-time European Tour winner Branden Grace, a local favorite Paisley became the third Englishman in four seasons to win the tournament.
“I’m just so happy with how the week went and to get the win, for not only myself and Keri, but for everyone that’s stood behind me. It’s unbelievable,” Paisley said.
“I still can’t believe it. Going head-to-head against Branden, in his home country with pretty much everyone in the crowd on his side was tough but I just played great.”
Paisley’s wife Keri served as his caddie for the tournament.
“She doesn’t know that much about golf but she knows me really well and she knows when I’m going a little quicker than I usually do or getting a bit tight,” Paisley said.
Grace just missed becoming only the second South African (the first being Ernie Els) to win the even three times in his career.
Another South African, JC Ritchie, wound up taking third place by shooting a 7-under 65 on the final day of the tournament. He fired two eagles and five birdies to finish two strokes behind Grace.