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​“I can’t remember the last time the putter was that hot. This is the one I really wanted, my concentration was great and I played really well. It’s a good birthday wish to my missus today.”

These were the words of the victorious Branden Grace, who won the 2020 South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg that took place from Thursday, 9 January, until Sunday, 12 January, at Randpark Golf Club.

Grace, whose wife was celebrating her birthday yesterday, finished on 21 under par ahead of defending champion and overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen. He currently plays on the European Tour, the PGA Tour, and the Sunshine Tour.

In 2012, he became the first player in the history of the European Tour to win his first four European Tour titles in the same year. The City of Joburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo, said it wouldn’t be possible to host such a magnitude event without the support of sponsors who came on board.

“We did it again. I would like to thank all the stakeholders and sponsors who invested so much to make sure that Joburg and South Africa successfully host one of the prestigious golf tournament in the world,” Mayor Makhubo added.

He said that the world has seen what the City has to offer and this tournament put it on the map as a major travel destination. In 2018, the SA Open became part of the open qualifying series, giving up three non-exempt players entry into the British Open. Grace now qualifies for the 149th British Open at Royal St George’s in July, alongside Jaco Ahlers and Marcus Armitage.

The City also hosted a number of activities before the SA Open tournament, including Pro-Am tournament and coaching clinic with 66 youngsters from Soweto, Diepsloot and Alexandra for mentorship with professional golf players who participated in this year’s SA Open.