Grace misses Portugal event

  • Last Updated: October 8 2012, 14:20 BST

Dunhill Links champion Branden Grace has pulled out of this week's Portugal Masters after remembering what happened to him the last time he tried for three wins in a row.

Grace: Skipping the event in Portugal

The 24-year-old missed the halfway cut in Abu Dhabi in January following back-to-back victories.

"I'm pretty knackered," said Grace, whose triumph at St Andrews came a week after capturing the Vodacom Origins of Golf title in his native South Africa.

"I think it might not be a bad idea skipping the next one."

The Pretoria player is up to third on the European Tour money list a year after having to go to the qualifying school for a fifth time.

He will continue his pursuit of top two Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in China later this month.

The BMW Masters in Shanghai on October 25-28 has McIlroy as its defending champion and is followed by the WGC-HSBC Champions at Missions Hills in Shenzhen.

Grace could be playing as many as eight weeks in a row with the Singapore Open, South African Open and DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to follow and then possibly three more in his home country.

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