The South African dazzled his home crowd to sign for a flawless six-under 66 after hitting all 18 greens in regulation.

Grace played alongside Victor Dubuisson and Scott Jamieson in the final group – and the trio shared the lead at 10-under-par with three holes to play.

But a clutch putt from 40 feet at the 16th hole moved Grace to 11 under, and would eventually result in a one-shot victory over Jamieson.

Branden Grace is sprayed with champagne after sinking the winning putt on the 18th green. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.

The 29-year-old becomes just the fourth South African – behind Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman – to win ‘Africa’s Major’.

“This is the one event that as a South African you want to win,” Grace said. “It's Africa's Major for a reason and what a special place it is.”


Grace had a clear game plan from the outset and combined well with his caddy, Zack Rasego, to see it through.

“I told Zack, ‘if I can get it bogey-free today, we're going to be in there with a chance.’ And I managed to do that,” Grace said.

“I hit the ball superb and gave myself some chances. I didn't take all of them, but I did what I needed to do. It was great to finish the way I did and bogey-free … It was great to be able to pull it off.”

Gary Player hosted the Nedbank Golf Challenge. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.

China’s Li Haotong shot the round of the day – an eight-under 64 – to move to fourth. While Sam Brazel was Australia’s best with a share of 42nd.

But the 28-year-old’s €33,405 cheque still wasn’t substantial enough to see him advance to next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, which represents the final stage of the Race to Dubai.

Brazel missed out by €24,852, meaning Andrew Dodt and Scott Hend will combine to form the Australian contingent in Dubai.