Pros advice

Amazing Grace victorious at Hilton Head

Powered by National Club Golfer

The South African, who has seven wins on the European Tour, is now off the mark in the States after a 66 gave him a two-shot victory.

For Luke Donald it was the 10th time he had held a 54-hole lead and he has still only converted twice. The Englishman had birdies at 7 and 9 but the only putts he holed coming home were for pars. His sand save at the last meant that he tied Scotland’s Russell Knox for second.

Grace shot a closing 66 and the bulk of the damage was done with five birdies on the front nine. He then rolled in mid-range putts at 12 and 13 to bolt clear and, despite a bogey at the short 17th, a par left his challengers with too much to do at the last. A par at the 16th was particularly impressive after two visits to sand.

Grace had two top fives in the Majors last year but missed the cut at Augusta last week. However there was no sign of a hangover as he posted his second 66 of the week on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau was playing in his first tournament as a professional and his 68 for a share of fourth meant that he wouldn’t have to use this as one of his seven sponsor’s invites.

What Grace said: I have spoken to Ernie in the past about this event. And he thought it’s one that’s really going to suit my eye. It reminds me a little bit of Fancourt Links back home, because it’s linksy. You really have to see your thoughts. You have to hit a couple of different shots, not shots that you hit often.

“At the beginning of the week we actually spoke on Wednesday, we went to his house for coffee. And he told me this is one event that I’m going to win a couple of times in my career. It was nice to hear from a legend like that. And obviously Ernie said, I told you you were going to win it a couple of times.”

Keep up to date with all the latest news & videos
Latest News
  • AG News: Rose reclaims #1 ranking after Turkish Open win

    Justin Rose soared back to the top of the world rankings after edging out Haotong Li in a thrilling finish at the Turkish Airlines Open.
    Read more

  • AG News: Schauffele and Champ claim landmark victories

    Xander Schauffele won the WGC-HSBC Champions cementing his place as one America’s brightest golfing talents. But it was matched in significance by Cameron Champ's maiden PGA Tour victory
    Read more

  • AG News: Was golf harder in the 80s?

    “I’m 25 years older and I'm hitting it 25 yards further.” We spoke to four stars of the European Tour in the 1980s to hear what it was like to play with persimmon woods and the difference between equipment now and then
    Read more

More news
 View More Button
Latest Videos
  • Video: Leupold's Golf Rangefinders

    Leupold's 2017 golf rangefinders redefine accuracy on the links. Designed specifically for the golf market, Leupold's GX series is the best on the market. Whether you're a professional or an amateur, every detail and function is designed to improve your game.
    Read more

  • Video: Callaway Golf XR Speed Driver

    The XR Speed Driver delivers exceptional ball speed and incredible forgiveness from the combination of our new X VFT Face, refined Speed Step aerodynamics and the inclusion of a carbon composite crown. FAST JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT FASTER.
    Read more

  • Video: American Golf pro Matt Nicole goes for a World Record

    Watch as Matt Nicole tries to make a new world record....
    Read more

More news
View More Button