Posted on European Tour - December 4, 2012
"Following the conclusion of an unforgettable 2012 campaign two weeks ago, the fifth edition of The Race to Dubai is launched in South Africa this week when Royal Durban Golf Club hosts the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa, the first event of the 2013 European Tour season.
Just 11 days after World Number One Rory McIlroy signed off a remarkable 2012 season with victory in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the battle to succeed him as European Number One begins, with the first of six tournaments on the 2013 European Tour International Schedule on South African soil.
There will be a strong home contingent in the field, led by South African golf’s latest star, Branden Grace, a four-time winner on The European Tour last season.
After securing his card at the 2011 Qualifying School, Grace won back-to-back events on home soil in January at the start of 2012, first claiming the Joburg Open in Johannesburg and then defeating legendary compatriots Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a play-off to win the Volvo Golf Champions in George.
He went on to add the Volvo China Open in April before landing his biggest win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, in Scotland, in October, ending the campaign in sixth position on The Race to Dubai.
Grace returned home for the SA Open Championship last month before signing off his season with a sixth place finish in Dubai, and he is looking forward to beginning the new season by being an ambassador for a tournament supported by one of South African’s most significant figures, former President Nelson Mandela."