Callaway Staff Professional Branden Grace became only the second player in European Tour history to win three times in a season after graduating through Qualifying School, when he cruised to victory in the Volvo China Open at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin.
There have been just 15 events on the European Tour this season, and following early season wins at The Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions, the young South African has won 20 percent of them!
The 23-year-old now joins legendary golfers Seve Ballesteros and Sandy Lyle, who have also won a trio of tour titles at such a young age. He also becomes only the third South African to win three times in a single season, and again he is in the company of Major winners, with Ernie Els and Retief Goosen as the other players to do so.
Grace, enjoying his first season as a Callaway Staff Professional, led from the front during the final round in China and has now set his sights on even greater achievements this season.
"I want to get better, I want to win more titles and I want to play the Majors and make a name for myself around the world," said an ecstatic Grace, who carded a final round 69 to leave him three shots clear of the field.
He added: “To have three wins before May is literally unbelievable, but I’ve been playing well so I’ve been feeling like I can win and I’ve been giving myself opportunities. I'm definitely competing to win every week I play right now.”
Neil Howie, President of Callaway Golf Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Branden is a delight to work with and he deserves everything that he is currently achieving. To replicate a feat attained by both Ballesteros and Lyle, in claiming three European Tour wins at such a young age, tells you everything about this boy’s talent and we believe that there are no limits to what he can accomplish.”
Driving distance and iron accuracy was a key ingredient in Grace’s victory in China. He was fifth in the field in driving distance using his Callaway RAZR Fit Driver to average 301.4 yards off the tee and was also third in the field in Greens in Regulation, hitting 86 % for the tournament with his Callaway RAZR X Forged irons.
Here’s what equipment Branden Grace had in his bag this week:
Callaway RAZR Fit Driver (8.5 degree)
Callaway RAZR Fit 3-Wood
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid (18-degree)
Callaway RAZR X Forged Irons (3-PW)
X-Forged Vintage Wedges (52 & 60 degrees)
Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs #1 Wide Putter
Callaway Hex Black Tour Golf Ball
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