Branden Grace aiming for Volvo Slam

Branden Grace aiming for Volvo Slam
South African golfer Branden Grace is aiming for success at this weekend's World Match Play Championship to complete an unprecedented Volvo Slam after bagging two victories at events sponsored by the vehicle manufacturer in 2012.

The talented player, who turned professional in 2007, triumphed at the Joburg Open on home soil in January and qualified for the Volvo Golf Champions the following week, where he defeated legends including Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a play-off round.

He then went on to win the Volvo China Open on his last outing on the European Tour last month, giving him the opportunity to rewrite the record books in his attempt to become the first Qualifying School graduate to win four times in his first season.

Grace will go up against US professional Brandt Snedeker and Dane Thomas Bjorn in the group stage of the tournament, which kicks off tomorrow (May 17th).

Coinciding with his 24th birthday, the event could signal the start of a double celebration as the promising young player aims to continue his sensational 2012 season.

"I managed to get on to the course this morning and I am really, really feel comfortable and really looking forward to the week. The course is in great shape," he commented.

Meanwhile, Swedish professional Robert Karlsson is gearing up for next weekend's BMW PGA Tour after setting a new record over the West Course at the Wentworth Club two years ago with a nine-under-par 62.

The 42-year-old achieved the accolade despite the fact he spent most of the previous night travelling to Monaco and back, believing he had missed the 36-hole cut and flying home to the principality on the Friday afternoon.

However, receiving a phone call when he was just a few hundred metres from his front door, Karlsson embarked upon another journey to return to the competition where he proceeded to sink nine birdies in a flawless round.

This year, the talented professional is looking to better his best performance in the event of tied third place in 2008, which was around the same time he was crowned European number one, when he heads back to the Surrey venue next week.

His involvement in the competition comes after a promising start to the 2012 season, recording top-20 finishes at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Volvo Golf Champions.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to Wenworth and trying to match that score again. I've had some good results in the BMW PGA Championship in the past but have never won it, so I'd love to put that right this year," he commented. ADNFCR-1532-ID-801364704-ADNFCR

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