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Callaway's amazing Grace does it again!
January 23, 2012

New Callaway staff professional Branden Grace is dominating the early European Tour season after clinching his second title in two weeks at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa. This remarkable achievement has propelled him into the world top-100 and extended his lead in the Race to Dubai, with over €570,000 of prize-money from just three events.

Branden Grace won the Volvo Golf Champions and entered the history books

With barely time to pocket the winner’s cheque from the Joburg Open – which qualified him for last weekend’s 35-man winners-only Volvo Golf Champions event – the 23-year-old Q-School graduate of December 2011 tasted victory again, following a final day three-way play-off with two greats of South African golf in Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

23 year-old South African Grace becomes just the sixth player to win his first two European Tour events in back-to-back tournaments. He follows Graham Marsh (1972, Swiss Open and German Open), Jack Newton (1972, Dutch Open and Benson and Hedges Festival), Charles Coody (1973, W.D and H.O Wills and John Player Classic), Baldovino Dassu (1976, Dunlop Masters and Italian Open) and Fred Couples (1995, Dubai Desert Classic and Johnnie Walker Classic) into the history books.

Grace said: “I’m ecstatic. It’s a dream to win such a big event. Thanks must go to Callaway, they've stuck with me for quite some time now. They have been great and their equipment is just unbelievable.”

Neil Howie, President of Callaway Golf Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Back-to-back wins for any golf professional is an amazing feat but for it to be achieved by a player fresh from European Tour Qualifying School is quite incredible.

“Callaway undertakes a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work to support players like Branden and, backed by the introduction of some truly ground-breaking products for 2012, including our first adjustable Driver, RAZR Fit, we are able to give our Staff Professionals every opportunity for success.”

The Volvo Golf Champions week also saw a resurgent performance from Callaway Staff Professional Ernie Els, who was playing key products from the 2012 range, including the RAZR Fit Driver and the soon-to-be-launched Callaway HEX Black Tour Golf Ball.

Howie added: “It’s great to see Ernie in the thick of the action on a Sunday afternoon. 2012 is all about delivering real results for our customers, whether they are a star of the Tour or a beginner to the game. If our performance in January is anything to go by, this year is going to be a very special one for Callaway and its customers.

“The feedback we’ve had about the new range has been phenomenal and its performance was also the reason European Tour star Colin Montgomerie decided to re-unite with the brand once again. Like everyone who plays Callaway... he wants to win too.”

For Branden Grace, his 2012 European Tour adventure will continue. His latest victory earns him a place in the 2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, the WGC HSBC Champions, and the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions. He also gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2014.

For further information about the complete Callaway product range visit www.callawaygolf.com






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