Branden Grace Signs with IMG

South African Branden Grace, a five-time winner last year, has followed compatriot Ernie Els in joining management company IMG.

Having turned professional in 2007, Grace won titles at the Joburg Open, the Volvo China Open, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2012 and the prestigious Volvo Golf Champions defeating his idols Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a play-off. The 24-year old South African rising star finished his breakthrough season sixth in The Race to Dubai.

Grace, who added to his title haul winning the 2012 Vodacom Origins Final on the Sunshine Tour, explained his decision to sign with IMG five years after turning professional, commenting, ‘Last year was fantastic for me on course. I know it will be a tough ask to match the five victories but I want to keep up the momentum.’

"They have looked after a lot of golf's major players, so hopefully I will benefit from their experience as I look to build on what I have achieved so far."