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Grace is a world class act

Brilliant South African star praises knowledgeable St Andrews galleries as he bids to win his second Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Branden Grace returns to St Andrews this week with a new confidence that he can win anywhere in the world.

Branden is the only golfer to have won both the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

He said: “To have won both is special. The links courses here and then Leopard Creek in South Africa are so different that it makes you feel you can win anywhere.”

Grace became the youngest winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2012, when he achieved his dream of lifting a trophy at St Andrews, at just 24.

“Every time I come back to this place I get goosebumps. When I drove here on Sunday I was just reliving those moments. The crowds here are awesome. They get behind you and really want you to do well. Their knowledge of the game is a lot better than you find anywhere else.”

Grace will realise another dream this week as he has his father Peter as his amateur partner for the first time.

“We had a great practice and he played his best ever round. He was on my case the whole time asking when I was going to pick up my game because he was playing so well.”

This week Grace, ranked 14 in the world, will be trying to join Padraig Harrington as the only two-time winners of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.