Els has high hopes with good Grace


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Ernie Els has tipped fellow South African Branden Grace to achieve major success ahead of the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews. Grace takes a four-stroke advantage over Dane Thorbjorn Olesen into the closing 18 holes after a three-under-par 69 at Carnoustie – the toughest of the three courses used for the celebrity pro-am – lifted him to 20 under. "He's good enough to win an Open – he's that good," Els, the current Claret Jug holder, said of the 24-year-old.

Even with a 65 at St Andrews Els is 12 shots adrift, but seeing another product of his Foundation blossom this season fills him with pride.

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have already won majors, and since coming through his fifth visit to the European Tour qualifying school last December Grace has won four times and leapt inside the world's top 50.