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Branden Grace close to world top 10

Branden Grace is confident that his impressive victory at the Qatar Masters will give him the platform to achieve his long-term goal of breaking into the world’s top 10.

The South African, who dropped only one shot over the weekend despite the windy weather, started the week ranked 11th in the world, and that is where he will remain when the new rankings are published on Monday.

However, Grace is just a 10th of a point behind current world No 10 Patrick Reed, and the 27-year-old said: “I’m knocking, I’m very close. Winning tournaments is the priority. If you can take care of tournaments and try to win or finish at the top, you’ll move up in the world rankings eventually.

“Top 10 has been a long-time goal for me so if I can get in there, then that’s great. I believe it’s going to happen, whether it’s maybe after this week or after the next tournament I play. I’ve given myself the chance of getting that and I feel that the type of golf that I’m playing at the moment, that it’s not far off.”