South Africa’s Brendan Grace went from three strokes off the lead to a 1-stroke victory on the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.
He’s the first native winner of the tournament in 10 years. He entered the day at 5-under, in third place behind Scott Jamieson (8-under) and Victor Dubuisson (7-under).
Of the three, Grace was close to perfect on Sunday, with six birdies and no bogeys. It was a far cry from his Friday 75 when he had 3 double-bogeys in a 5-hole span. With the win, Grace climbs to ninth in the Race to Dubai standings with one event left in the season.
One hole cost Jamieson the title. He was 2-under through seven holes when he carded a double-bogey 6 on the eighth. He birdied 10 and 14 to make up for it, but it ultimately wasn’t enough. It was his first score over par since the 18th on Friday. He finished at 10-under, one stroke behind Grace.
Dubuisson, the Day 2 leader, also shot a 2-under, finishing at 9-under for the tournament. He was 3-under through 14 before bogeying 15. He couldn’t make up the lost shot on the final three holes.
China’s Haotong Li had the best round of the day, firing an 8-under 64 to finish fourth at 8-under. He was 6-under on the front nine and added two more birdies on the final nine.