Grace leads by 5 at Alfred Dunhill Championship

Second Round — European Tour — Alfred Dunhill Championship — Leopard Creek Country Club — Malelane, South Africa — 

Branden Grace continues to ride a hot putter and superior ball striking at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Grace, who is 117th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is 16-under overall through 36 holes with 17 birdies against a one bogey at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. He leads by five shots.

Francesco Molinari posted 7-under-65 to earn a spot in the final pairing Saturday for round-three action. Molinari, 58th in the world ranking, was 35th in the Race to Dubai final standings in 2014.

Grace was a 22-to-1 betting selection heading into the tournament at He finished 31st in the 2014 Race to Dubai standings. He won four times on the European Tour in 2012.

Two-time defending champion Charl Schwartzel sits T-22 at the halfway point. He has rounds of 69-70 thus far. Another headliner Louis Oosthuizen, a former Open champion, is T-15 at 6-under overall.

Danny Willett, who won last week’s European Tour season-opener at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, continues to trend. He is T-4 heading into the weekend.

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