South African Open R4

Grace edges out Oosthuizen to win in Johannesburg

January 09-12
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
ZAR 17,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Branden Grace shot a final-day 62 to deny compatriot Louis Oosthuizen back-to-back victories in the South African Open in Johannesburg.


The home pair battled it out over the fourth round, with last year’s champion Oosthuizen starting the day at 15 under par and with a one-shot advantage over second-placed Marcus Armitage with Grace two further behind.

Despite carding a bogey five at the second, it was Grace who produced a rousing finish, cancelling out his earlier error with an eagle three at the fourth along with eight birdies inside the first 14 holes to ease himself to 21-under on a day when he putted just 22 times.

It was his ninth European Tour victory and his first since the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge.


Even a hole-in-one at the par three eighth could not keep Oosthuizen in touch as he finished with a round of 68 which included just a single birdie to trail the winner by three shots.

Englishman Armitage birdied the 18th to snatch third place with a round of 69 after bogey fives at the sixth and 16th holes.

He finished a shot ahead of compatriot Jack Senior and South African Jaco Ahlers, who tied for fourth on 15 under.

Grace’s efforts at the Randpark Golf Club secured him a place at this summer’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s along with fellow qualifiers Armitage and Ahlers.

Grace told www.europeantour.com: “That was remarkable. I played flawless golf and I can’t remember the last time the putter was that hot.


“This is the one I really wanted. This means so much to any South African, winning on home soil, the guys get so behind you and it’s such an emotional feeling.

“It’s the first win with the little one here so he’s going to have a photo with the trophy and then it’s a good birthday wish to my Mrs today, she’s a birthday girl today so it’s a good birthday present.”


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South African Open R2

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Branden Grace
RSA
-21
64
70
67
62
263
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-18
65
69
64
68
266
3
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-16
65
72
62
69
268
T4
Jack Senior
ENG
-15
67
66
69
67
269
T4
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-15
66
66
68
69
269
T6
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
-13
67
67
69
68
271
T6
George Coetzee
RSA
-13
65
69
68
69
271
T6
JC Ritchie
RSA
-13
63
72
67
69
271
T6
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-13
66
68
67
70
271
T6
Jayden Schaper
RSA
-13
65
67
69
70
271
T6
Martin Rohwer
RSA
-13
66
71
64
70
271
12
Harry Hall
ENG
-12
65
68
71
68
272
T13
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-11
67
67
72
67
273
T13
Johannes Veerman
USA
-11
62
71
72
68
273
T15
Gavin Green
MAS
-10
68
67
71
68
274
T15
Lorenzo Scalise
ITA
-10
68
69
69
68
274
T15
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-10
65
66
72
71
274
T15
Keith Horne
RSA
-10
69
65
69
71
274
T15
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-10
63
71
69
71
274
T15
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-10
66
69
67
72
274
T15
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
-10
69
65
67
73
274
T22
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-9
70
68
70
67
275
T22
Jean Hugo
RSA
-9
70
68
70
67
275
T22
Garth Mulroy
RSA
-9
71
65
71
68
275
T22
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-9
65
67
73
70
275
T22
Richard Bland
ENG
-9
70
67
67
71
275
T22
Connor Syme
SCO
-9
66
68
69
72
275
T28
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-8
70
68
73
65
276
T28
Thomas Detry
BEL
-8
68
68
74
66
276
T28
Clement Sordet
FRA
-8
71
67
69
69
276
T28
Luke Jerling
RSA
-8
67
70
68
71
276
T28
Oliver Farr
WAL
-8
68
68
69
71
276
T28
C. J. Du Plessis
RSA
-8
66
69
69
72
276
T28
Juran Dreyer
RSA
-8
69
68
67
72
276
T28
Peter Karmis
RSA
-8
64
70
69
73
276
T36
Casey Jarvis
RSA
-7
68
70
72
67
277
T36
Rhys Enoch
WAL
-7
69
67
73
68
277
T36
Hennie Otto
RSA
-7
66
71
72
68
277
T36
Jeff Winther
SWE
-7
65
71
72
69
277
T36
Shaun Norris
RSA
-7
68
69
70
70
277
T36
Mark Williams
RSA
-7
67
67
71
72
277
T36
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-7
65
70
70
72
277
T36
Steve Surry
ENG
-7
69
67
68
73
277
T36
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-7
67
65
70
75
277
T45
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
70
68
71
69
278
T45
David Coupland
ENG
-6
71
67
71
69
278
T45
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
70
66
72
70
278
T45
Marc Warren
SCO
-6
70
68
65
75
278
T49
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-5
68
68
72
71
279
T49
Marcel Siem
GER
-5
66
69
72
72
279
T51
Philip Geerts
RSA
-4
66
70
75
69
280
T51
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-4
66
71
71
72
280
T51
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-4
70
67
71
72
280
T51
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-4
67
70
71
72
280
T51
James Du Preez
RSA
-4
71
65
71
73
280
T51
Chase Hanna
USA
-4
70
68
69
73
280
T57
Deon Germishuys
RSA
-3
70
68
71
72
281
T57
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
68
72
73
281
T57
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-3
68
69
71
73
281
T57
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-3
70
67
71
73
281
T57
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
-3
70
68
70
73
281
T62
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
64
68
75
75
282
T62
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
67
71
68
76
282
T64
Matias Calderon
CHI
-1
64
72
72
75
283
T64
Hurly Long
GER
-1
70
66
70
77
283
T66
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
66
72
74
72
284
T66
Wynand Dingle
RSA
Par
68
67
74
75
284
T66
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
69
67
70
78
284
T69
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
1
72
66
75
72
285
T69
David Micheluzzi
AUS
1
65
72
71
77
285
T71
Philip Eriksson
SWE
2
70
68
72
76
286
T71
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
2
64
74
73
75
286
T73
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
3
66
72
74
75
287
T73
Ross McGowan
ENG
3
69
68
72
78
287
75
Daniel Greene
RSA
5
67
66
78
78
289
76
Christo Lamprecht
RSA
8
70
68
77
77
292
CUT
Anton Haig
RSA
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Daniel Young
SCO
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Garrick Higgo
RSA
-3
70
69
139
CUT
James Kamte
RSA
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
73
66
139
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Luke Brown
NZL
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Musiwalo Nethunzwi
RSA
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-3
65
74
139
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
-3
64
75
139
CUT
Wil Besseling
NED
-3
73
66
139
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Anthony Michael
RSA
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Caylum Boon
RSA
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
71
69
140
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
69
71
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Doug McGuigan
RSA
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
-2
70
70
140
CUT
MJ Viljoen
RSA
-2
66
74
140
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Robin Petersson
SWE
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Callum Mowat
RSA
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Damien Perrier
FRA
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Fredrik From
SWE
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Jake Redman
RSA
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
-1
67
74
141
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Ruan Conradie
RSA
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Stefan Wears-Taylor
RSA
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Benjamin Poke
DNK
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Conor Purcell
IRL
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
Par
73
69
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jonathon Agren
SWE
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jordan Wrisdale
ENG
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Louis Albertse
RSA
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Merrick van As
RSA
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Riekus Nortje
RSA
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
72
71
143
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Danie van Tonder
RSA
1
69
74
143
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
72
71
143
CUT
Dylan Kok
RSA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Lars van Meijel
NED
1
68
75
143
CUT
Madalitso Muthiya
ZMB
1
72
71
143
CUT
Makgetha Mazibuko
RSA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Paul Boshoff
RSA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
74
69
143
CUT
Ryan Tipping
RSA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
1
71
72
143
CUT
Stephen Ferreira
POR
1
70
73
143
CUT
Bennie van der Merwe
RSA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
2
70
74
144
CUT
Derick Petersen
RSA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Duane Keun
RSA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Jacques P. de Villiers
RSA
2
67
77
144
CUT
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Jordan Duminy
RSA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
2
68
76
144
CUT
Quintin Wilsnach
RSA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Ryan Cairns
ZWE
2
69
75
144
CUT
Teaghan Gauche
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Theunis Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Yurav Premlall
RSA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
70
75
145
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
75
70
145
CUT
Christiaan Basson
RSA
3
70
75
145
CUT
Craig Howie
SCO
3
74
71
145
CUT
Daan Huizing
NED
3
70
75
145
CUT
Dwayne Basson
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Heinrich Bruiners
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Herman Loubser
RSA
3
72
73
145
CUT
J. J. Senekal
RSA
3
75
70
145
CUT
James Kingston
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Keelan van Wyk
RSA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Kieron van Wyk
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lyle Rowe
RSA
3
75
70
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
3
73
72
145
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
3
74
71
145
CUT
Thabiso Ngcobo
RSA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Allister De Kock
RSA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Andre Nel
RSA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Van der Knaap
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
4
71
75
146
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
4
71
75
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
4
72
74
146
CUT
Franklin Manchest
RSA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
4
72
74
146
CUT
Martin Vorster
RSA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Martin Leth Simonsen
DEN
4
70
76
146
CUT
Oliver Bekker
RSA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Robin Roussel
FRA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Alex Haindl
RSA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Benjamin Follett-Smith
ZIM
5
79
68
147
CUT
Combrinck Smit
RSA
5
71
76
147
CUT
David Dixon
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Kyle Barker
RSA
5
70
77
147
CUT
Roberto Lupini
RSA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Basil Wright
RSA
6
69
79
148
CUT
Coert Groenewald
RSA
6
78
70
148
CUT
David McIntyre
RSA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Kyle de Beer
RSA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Peetie van der Merwe
RSA
6
69
79
148
CUT
Samuel Simpson
RSA
6
77
71
148
CUT
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Dylan Mostert
RSA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Gerrit Foster
RSA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Titch Moore
RSA
7
77
72
149
CUT
James Allan
ENG
8
77
73
150
CUT
Jesper Sandborg
SWE
8
75
75
150
CUT
Kyle McClatchie
RSA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Marc Cayeux
ZWE
8
70
80
150
CUT
Tom Gandy
IMN
8
72
78
150
CUT
Wallie Coetsee
RSA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Jacquin Hess
RSA
9
74
77
151
CUT
Terence Mogapi
RSA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
10
74
78
152
CUT
Clayton Mansfield
RSA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
10
79
73
152
CUT
Adriel Poonan
RSA
11
73
80
153
CUT
Keelan Africa
RSA
11
76
77
153
CUT
Cameron Esau
RSA
12
79
75
154
CUT
Chris Cannon
ENG
12
74
80
154
CUT
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
12
81
73
154
CUT
Clinton Grobler
RSA
14
77
79
156
RET
Pieter Moolman
RSA
Par
75
72
147