Branden Grace claims narrow home win at Nedbank Golf Challenge

Highlights from the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa

Highlights from the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa

Victor Dubuisson was in contention until he dropped a shot at the 15, and he had to be content with third place in this the seventh event of the Rolex series.

He made five birdies in another steady round of golf which has left him in pole position to win "Africa's Major" on Sunday.

Jamieson's only previous European Tour win came in South Africa at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship.

Branden Grace beat Luke Donald and Russell Knox... "That's why I didn't make as many birdies as the day before".

There were a few nervy moments during the middle part of his round when his putter went cold and he failed to take advantage after hitting it close on several greens. "A lot of them were good putts; the one on 16 was special".

"I was much better on the greens today than I had been the first couple days, so that was nice", said Jamieson.

"There's still an very bad long way to go but if I can do what I did today, I'll be in with a good shout". "I think to be in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, it's pretty special", said the player from Southport.

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Having once again come out on top of another star-studded field, Grace will hope for more good things at the tour finale in Dubai later this week, and in the Majors next year. "I know now I can do it again". The victory is the eighth of his European Tour career and first since the Qatar Masters early a year ago; an emotional win in the tournament styled as "Africa's major".

On a day when China's Li Haotong posted the lowest round of the week with a 64 to finish fourth, Tommy Fleetwood strengthened his position at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings by claiming a share of tenth spot.

"This is one of those events you grow up watching as a South African, and this is probably the event as a South African you want to win", he said.

Sadly, the rest of the South African challenge faded on the final day, with lucky last-in-man Darren Fichardt finishing strongest of the local contingent.

Scott Jamieson was out in 36, with two birdies, and but he had a nasty double bogey on the par four 8.

He shot a final-round 68, which included five birdies and a bogey to be at five-under overall and a tied-sixth finish.

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