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Monday 13th November 2017

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FOLLOW US 13.11.2017 | SUBSCRIBE HERE OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS: NORTHERN IREL AND OPEN BRANDEN GRACE ED'S LETTER Continent-hopping Race to Dubai finale leading to notable absences nother tournament in South Africa, another South African winner. Branden Grace is one of the best closers on the European Tour and he showed that once again in Sun City, hitting all 18 greens in regulation on a tricky layout en route to his eighth European Tour victory. Four three of those eight wins have come in South Africa, continuing what is a remarkable record of South African golfers winning their home events. The last six winners of the Alfred Dunhill Championship have been South African, six of the last seven winners of the Joburg Open were home winners, while four of the five winners of Tshwane Open since it began in 2013 have been South African. In the history of the Joburg Open, Tshwane Open, South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship, South Africans have won 34 times in 55 attempts. They do benefit from weaker international fields in January and February but their ability to perform in front of home crowds is admirable, especially when comparing to the indifferent records of the some of the best Irish players at the Irish Open. You could see what it meant to Grace to win the Nedbank Challenge, the biggest of the South African events, in what he called 'Africa's Major'. South Africa deserve a world-class event given their contribution to golf over the years, from Bobby Locke to Gary Player to Ernie Els, and are well A

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