Branden Grace

South Africa’s Branden Grace, one of the brightest young talents in golf, led from start to finish to win the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. At 24 years and 140 days, he became the youngest winner of the Championship and joined some of the greatest names in golf – Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods among them – who have won four European Tour events in the same season. He arrived as a serious Major Championship contender in 2015 with a series of superb displays, finishing tied fourth at the US Open at Chambers Bay, two shots behind winner Jordan Spieth and carrying that form into the US PGA Championship where he took third place. Continued in the same vein in 2016, successfully defending the Qatar Masters and winning his first US Tour victory at the RBC Heritage. He repeated his good form in Majors from the previous year, finishing fifth in the US Open and fourth in the US PGA.