Branden Grace lands eagle to win Qatar Masters by one shot

Sport360 staff 17:56 24/01/2015
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Close battle: Branden Grace celebrates his birdie on the 18th green of the Qatar Masters.

South Africa’s Branden Grace won the Qatar Masters by one shot from Scotland’s Marc Warren at the Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

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After a close battle for most part of the day, Grace landed an eagle on the 16th hole to momentarily edge clear of the field but could only manage a par on the 17th, which Warren birdied to draw level.

But with the final hole remaining, Grace almost produced another eagle, getting within three feet for his fourth birdie of the day to log a final round of 66.

That gave him an aggregate of 19-under-par 269 and the title as Warren could only par the final hole after missing the fairway and landing in the rough.

Saturday’s win was Grace’s sixth European Tour title as he continued his excellent start to the season, having already won the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

All four of his previous titles came in 2012 after which he endured a two-year drought before his second win in four starts this season gave him a ticket to the Masters in Augusta.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who was part of a quartet who shared the overnight lead, was third with 271, while England’s Eddie Pepperell was fourth on 272.

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