Grace Prevails at Qatar Masters

Brendan Grace won his sixth European Tour title and second of 2015, edging Marc Warren by a single stroke to win the Qatar Masters on Saturday.

Grace entered the day tied for first with Warren and Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian shot himself in the foot early with a pair of bogeys in the first three holes, while Warren birdied his first two to take a 1-stroke lead over Grace through the first four.

Warren saw that lead vanish in a minute as he bogeyed No. 5, then double bogeyed 8 to fall two strokes behind. He pulled back to even with birdies on 9 and 10, and each man would hit two more birdies to remain knotted atop the leaderboard through 15.

Grace made his move on 16. Warren birdies it, but the South African’s huge approach led to an eagle 2 that gave him a 1-stroke lead. After Warren tied it again with a birdie on 17, Grace won it with a birdie on 18.

Warren finished 19-under, with Grace 18-under and Wiesberger, who recorded six birdies after his opening stumble, two strokes back at 17-under.

In all, a whopping 18 players were at least 10 strokes under par for the tournament, including world No. 2 Henrik Stenson and No. 5 Justin Rose, who tied for 13th at 10-under.

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