South African Brandon Grace claimed his fourth European Tour title and a £5 million paycheck after winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots ahead of Norway's Thorbjorn Olesen. The 24-year-old has climbed into the world top 40 following the performance, and was unsurprisingly delighted at his performance. "It's been great. I felt really good today, I felt really calm all day and [...] actually played really well. There were a couple of slip-ups here and there, but otherwise everything went to plan." At one stage, after the 11th tee, which Grace bogeyed, he was tied at -19 with Olesen, and it looked to be heading for a tense finale, but Grace responded magnificently with three birdies in a row to reopen a three shot gap, and after that he was never troubled by the Scandinavians behind him, finishing on -22, the same score that Michael Hoey achieved here last year.
In the team competition, it was Alexander Noren from Sweden and his partner Ernesto Bertarelli, the 81st richest man in the world, who claimed the title, ahead of Thongchai Jaidee and Hugh Connerty Jr by virtue of a card playoff, both finishing with a team score of -36. Alan Hansen was the biggest name closest to the frontrunners, finishing 6th with a score of -31.
It has been a wonderful competition, the weather was fantastic all week, and the entire golfing community in St Andrews will look forward to next year with anticipation.