Branden Grace claims first home title at the South African Open

Marcus Armitage rocketed to second place after a 62

South Africa's Branden Grace carded an incredible final round nine-under 62 to win the South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg at Randpark Golf Club on Sunday.

Amid the disappointment of allowing a three-stroke overnight lead slip, Oosthuizen had the joy of scoring a hole in one at the eighth.

Armitage celebrated wildly when he dropped a 12-foot putt for birdie on the final green to snatch outright third place on 16 under, while Ahlers and Senior both finished a shot further behind with Ahlers booking his place at Royal St George's by virtue of his superior world ranking.

"That was remarkable, I'm lost for words", Grace told reporters. I can't remember the last time I played this well and was so in the zone - even from the first hole - I had a good look at birdie at the first.

"I ticked off a lot of goals this win - one being getting into The Open. The guys get so behind you and it's such an emotional feeling".

With Oosthuizen not able to apply the pressure in the final group, Grace pitched his third to eight feet and knew he had the luxury of a two-putt bogey being good enough for victory, although he needed just the one to complete a full set of big titles in his homeland.

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But while playing the ninth, he would have heard huge roars behind him when Oosthuizen's Iron Seven from the tee in the eighth par 211 yards had enough charge to clear the water and throw on the green before falling into the water. hole for an awesome ace.

In recovering from an early bogey to card an eagle and eight birdies, the 31-year-old finished with a 21-under-par 263 total, three shots ahead of second-placed Oosthuizen, pictured, who had a hole in one at the eighth in his closing 68.

Meanwhile, Australia's Wade Ormsby held his nerve despite a last-day surge from Open champion Shane Lowry to win the protest-delayed Hong Kong Open for the second time in three years on Sunday.

The 31- year-old is coming off a sizzling 2019 which saw him glide as reduced as 129 th worldwide positions, although he did program indications of the Branden Grace of old when he ended up linked for 3rd at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month.

In contrast to the victor, the 2010 Open champion had 34 putts after two-putting every hole apart from the eighth.

Armitage came third after a final round of 69, his best ever finish on the tour, with Ahlers (69) and Jack Senior (67) from England tied for fourth. Armitage and Jaco Ahlers also earned spots in the final major of the summer.

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