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Paisley tops Grace for first Euro win at SA Open

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JOHANNESBURG - With his wife as his caddie, Chris Paisley beat hometown favorite Branden Grace to win the South African Open by three shots on Sunday and claim his first European Tour title.

Starting the day ahead by a shot, Paisley shot a final-round 6-under 66 at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg to finish at 21 under and win by three. The Englishman made six birdies and didn't drop a shot in a flawless finish on the way to his breakthrough win on the tour.

Grace, an eight-time European Tour winner, started with a birdie and an eagle and held the lead briefly before his challenge faded after a double bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 12. He finished strongly, with an eagle and two birdies in his last six holes to card a 68.


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The 31-year-old Paisley, with wife Keri carrying his bag for the first time, kept his nerve during Grace's early charge and kept the title in English hands after Graeme Storm won last year.

Grace finished in second while another South African, JC Ritchie, finished third after a Sunday 65. Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent and South Africans Jacques Kruyswijk and Jacques Blaauw were tied for fourth at 14 under.

Chase Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open champion Brooks, finished with a 71 and in a tie for seventh.