When Branden Grace won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar, last Saturday, no one was more excited about his victory than his caddie, Zack Rasego.
Soweto-born Rasego – who hails from Ledig, a township outside Rustenburg, a stone’s throw from Sun City – said the duo’s strategy to win Grace’s second big event on the European Tour went according to plan.
Grace’s first victory was the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane last month, where he pocketed €1.5?million (R19.7?million).
Last week, Grace followed Rasego’s instructions meticulously throughout the final round, which saw the player fire a bogey-free six under par 66 to finish the contest on –19 to win a whopping $2.5?million (R29?million). The player was one shot clear of Scotland’s Marc Warren, who came second.
As is the norm with caddies, Rasego proudly displayed the 18th green pin flag in celebration after the event when Grace raised the trophy aloft.
“Branden’s win was spectacular because he followed every trick in our book to attack the course by hitting great shots throughout the tournament,” said Rasego this week from Dubai, where the two are preparing for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic that ends at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai today.
“He is my master and I’m glad he listens to me carefully on how to play. This team works well for us,” he added.
Rasego was crowned HSBC Caddie of the Year during the WGC–HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, in 2012.
This was after he had catapulted Grace to four European Tour titles and one on the Sunshine Tour that year.
The two have been together since 2011 and parted ways in 2013 before reuniting last year.
Before teaming up with Grace, Rasego worked with Louis Oosthuizen and helped the golfer win the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland.
Grace’s victory is significant because it has helped make him the first player to win multiple events in the 2015 Race to Dubai.
He claimed his sixth European Tour career title and his second in four starts this season.
“I enjoy working with Zack because he is a professional on and off the golf course,” Grace said of his caddie on his website.
He added he was pleased with the way he and Rasego had strategised for the event ahead of his victory last week.