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Grace defends Qatar Masters title

Final Round — European Tour — CommercialBank Qatar Masters — Doha Golf Club —

Branden Grace current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Branden Grace

Branden Grace current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Branden Grace

Qatar —

South Africa’s Branden Grace shot a final-round 69 to become the first player to defend the title at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters.

It marked the 7th career European Tour title for Grace, who entered the week at No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He might crack the Top 10 come Monday’s update.

Grace finished 14-under overall and two clear of Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Thornbjorn Olesen. Pre-tournament betting favorite Sergio Garcia was 8-under and T-7 alongside Louis Oosthuizen, the opening round leader at Doha Golf Club.

Grace has a run of six straight worldwide Top 10s dating back to the DP World Tour Championship in November. The victory moved him to 2nd in the early-season Race to the Dubai standings.

The South African sets his sight on a victory in America and a major title at the Masters in April. He was a 60-to-1 long shot recently at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas europeantourlogo15to win at Augusta.

Grace was a 7 1/2-1 betting co-favorite heading into Qatar, according to www.golfodds.com.

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