First-round leader and World No. 21 Branden Grace sleepwalked to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 on Day 4 of the Valero Texas Open to finish off his fourth appearance on 6-under 282, down eight places to T10, a distant six in arrears of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell, who shot 68.
The South African closed last year's edition with 67 to back door a T9. He didn't bring that same firepower to this week's finale, circling a lone birdie at the par-5 second and playing his final 16 holes in 2-over, squaring the fifth and 13th, both with 3-jacks. After opening in 66-73-70, the 28-year-old began T2 on 7-under, one back. Playing out of the final threesome, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 1.034 strokes off-the-tee, the tourney leader in the latter at 4.620. He posted a dismal 2.100 putts per GIR, T55 for the week in that stat at 1.792, and carved out a 0.332 in SG: Putting, buoyed by two par-savers from between 11 and 12 feet, but still finished 60th (of 76) in SGP with a cumulative -1.834. On the bright side, it is Grace's first top 10 of the season in 12 starts and his second straight top-11 finish after T11 last week as defender at the Heritage. Apr 23 - 8:51 PM