Grace wins Dunhill Links
07 Oct 2012 - 18:17:42
Branden Grace of South Africa won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews on Sunday, holding off a late challenge from Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.
Grace, who won for the fifth time on tour this year, closed with a two-under 70 over the Old Course, with the fast-rising Olesen coming in with a 68.
The 24-year-old from Pretoria began the week with a European Tour record-equalling 60 at the Kingsbarns course - the European Tour's pro-celebrity event is staged over three links courses - and was never overtaken after that.
Olesen did make a move in the final round, drawing level with seven holes to go, but the South African birdied the next three holes and with another on the last finished with a tournament record-equalling 22-under-par total.
Alone in third place, four strokes off the pace was Alexander Noren of Sweden, while another Swede, Joel Sjoholm, was fourth a further two strokes back.
Scotland' Stephen Gallacher, winner in 2004, finished in a tie for fifth after incurring a two-stroke penalty for playing the wrong ball at the 16th.