With a sense of eager anticipation and the crowds turning up in excellent numbers to get a view of the action, it was rising young South African Branden Grace who held off all challengers to secure his second successive Volvo win. This follows his impressive victory at the Volvo Golf Champions in January.
For once the breeze was a welcome presence as it provided some cooling respite from the sun as the temperature moved up into the mid-twenties. Ian Poulter was one of the first to make a mark. Following a bogey at the first, he then birdied seven of the next eleven holes before faltering a little towards the end. Swede Peter Hanson was also off to an exceptional start being 6-under for the day after just seven holes. A bogey at the next dented his progress a little but he started the back nine with three more birdies and a new course record was in his sights. Sadly it was not to be as a pair of bogeys on the two par-3s meant he had to settle for a closing round of 65. However, considering that the round also contained three bogeys, this was still a hugely impressive effort.