Grace tops Warren to win Qatar Masters|
Doha, Qatar (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Grace picked up five strokes over
the final seven holes on Saturday and fended off Marc Warren to win the Qatar
Grace fired a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to end at 19-under-par 269. The South
African, who won for the sixth time on the European Tour, raised his record to
6-0 when owning at least a piece of the 54-hole lead.
"It was a great day, it was a great week. It's another great trophy to put in
the cupboard," Grace said. "I got off to great start today, then I fell a bit
Warren closed with a his second straight 67 to end one back at minus-18. He
had shared the third-round lead with Grace, Bernd Wiesberger and Emiliano
Wiesberger posted a 4-under 68 and ended alone in third at 17-under-par 271,
while Eddie Pepperell (67) took fourth at minus-16.
Grillo managed a 2-under 70 in the final round at Doha Golf Club and finished
at 15-under 273. He was joined there by Byeong-hun An and Gregory Bourdy, who
both fired 65s in the final round.
Alejandro Canizares (69) took eighth at minus-14 and Alexander Noren (65) was
one stroke further back at 13-under 275.
Grace birdied the first, but followed that with 10 consecutive pars. In that
span, he varied from one behind to tied for the lead.
Late in Grace's run of pars, there was a brief seven-way tie for the lead at
minus-14. Wiesberger, who was paired with Grace in the final round, dropped in
three straight birdies from the 10th to break free from that pack and move to
Grace matched Wiesberger's birdie at the 12th. Wiesberger ran off five pars in
a row from No. 13 to stay at minus-16.
After a par on 13, Grace grabbed a share of the lead as he birdied the 14th.
At the short par-4 16th, Grace's drive stopped five feet from the hole.
The South African poured that in for eagle. Now two clear of the field, Grace
parred the 17th and that allowed Warren to join him at minus-18 as Warren
birdied the 16th and 17th.
Grace answered at the par-5 closing hole. His third shot rolled over the left
edge of the hole and stopped three feet from the cup. He kicked that in for a
closing birdie and 19-under.
"The form has been there, and I stuck to my routine this week and I played
great, and I managed to come out on top," said Grace.
Warren, who was in the final group, had a 25-foot putt to force a playoff, but
it stayed above ground.
NOTES: Grace earned 353,257 euros for the win ... Grace won in December at the
Alfred Dunhill Championship and has won two of the last four European Tour
events ... Henrik Stenson, the 2006 champion, fired a 66 to finish tied for
13th, while Justin Rose carded a 68 to end alongside Stenson at minus-10 ...
Last year's winner Sergio Garcia closed with a 3-under 69 and ended in a tie
for 46th ... Stephen Gallacher is expected to defend his title next week at
the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
01/24 10:31:07 ET