Jan 30th, 2016
Branden Grace wins
The Qatar Masters
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Branden Grace shot a final round 69 to finish at 14 under par and take the 2016 Qatar Masters by two shots from Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjorn Olsen, who shared second place.
This was Branden Grace’s first defense of the title he won last year, which must have made his triumph even sweeter on what was another demanding day out on the course, with high winds to contend with.
Grace overcame the windy conditions on the course with four birdies, to claim his seventh European Tour title.
"This is a tournament that kicked my season off last year and hopefully it can take me to even better things this time round," he said.
We had been hoping for great things from overnight leader Paul Lawrie, but he had a pretty woeful day of it, shooting a six over 78 to finish seven shots off the pace.
"I hit it poorly, putted awfully and got unlucky a few times," said Lawrie. He found the water to card a double bogey on the seventh, and lost the overall lead two holes later.
England's Andrew Johnstone and Lee Slattery tied for third with Bradley Dredge of Wales.