Carina Koen
1 minute read
14 Jan 2020
5:31 pm

SA Open win could propel Grace to greatness

Carina Koen

South Africa has not had a Major winner since Ernie Els lifted the Claret Jug at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.

Branden Grace of South Africa celebrates with the trophy after winning the tournament during Day Four of the South African Open at Randpark Golf Club on January 12, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The South African Open has served up some wonderful stories in its rich history and on Sunday it was no different as local golfer Branden Grace broke a lean run to record his maiden national championship triumph at Randpark Golf Club. To say the 31-year-old Grace has struggled in recent times would be a huge understatement. Prior to Sunday’s victory – his ninth European Tour win – the last time he was in the winner’s circle was in November, 2017, at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City. On Sunday, his putter was red-hot, needing only 22 putts on his...