from the European Tour site
grace South African Branden Grace became the first player since Fred Couples in 1995 to follow his first European Tour win with another with victory at the Volvo Golf Champions.

Grace, who only last month came through Qualifying School, beat two of his golfing heroes Ernie Els and Retief Goosen with a birdie on the first extra hole to lift the winners-only evnet on their home soil at Fancourt.
The 23 year old had made it into the 35-man field by capturing last week's Joburg Open and this time he recovered from missing a putt of under five feet on the final green.
Els shot a joint best-of-the-day 67 to set the clubhouse target of 12 under par, having eagled the 13th and then almost chipping in for another at the last.
Goosen matched that when he also eagled the 13th and then birdied three of the last four for a 70.
Grace was round in 71, while Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, also tied for the lead with one to play, hit a wild drive and with a bogey six slipped to fourth.
Europe's Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal shared top spot after starting with two birdies, but slipped back to sixth, while with Charl Schwartzel fifth, Louis Oosthuizen tied seventh and Scot Paul Lawrie and Ireland's Padraig Harrington tied for tenth there were seven Major Champions in the top ten.


Wins Facts

  • Gains his second European Tour International Schedule victory in his 51st European Tour event.
  • Moves to €570,000 and extends his lead at the top of The Race to Dubai.
  • Moves to inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking, from 164th. Prior to winning the Joburg Open seven days ago, Grace was 258th.
  • Becomes the first player to win back-to-back European Tour events since Sergio Garcia in 2011 at the Castelló Masters and Andalucia Masters.
  • Graduated from the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School. Becomes the first Qualifying School graduate to win twice the year after graduation since Johan Edfors in 2006 who won three times at the TCL Classic, British Masters and Scottish Open.
  • Becomes just the fourth Qualifying School graduate to record multiple victories they year after graduation. He follows Gordon Brand Jnr (1982 -  Coral Classic and Bob Hope British Classic), José María Olazábal (1986 -  European Masters and Sanyo Open) and Edfors in 2006.
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