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Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Branden Grace showed all his class in filing a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to post 14-under 274 and claim a second consecutive Commercial Bank Qatar Masters victory, finishing two shots clear of Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjorn Olesen.
It is his 7th top ten finish in his last eight starts, but a first main tour victory since he won this trophy for the first time 12 months ago - and it was executed in magnificent style in tricky conditions. With the wind causing havoc for the pre-round leader Paul Lawrie, Grace was calmness-under-pressure personified. He circled birdies on 1, 6 and 10 (with a bogey on 5) to first assume the lead and then control it. Arguably his only back nine mistake was failing to make a red number on the short par-4 16th. He sealed the deal with an imperious 280-yard approach to the 18th green and two-putted for a final birdie. "I just grinded it out," he told Sky Sports afterwards. "I needed to stay patient and I did." He is the first golfer to successfully defend the Qatar Masters title and it is his 7th European Tour title in 144 starts. Jan 30 - 8:40 AM

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Last year's winner Branden Grace grinded early and flourished late in a third-round 4-under-par 35-33=68 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Friday to move up to T2 with 18 holes to play.

Grace isn't giving up the trophy without a fight and kept a bogey off his card today with 6-for-6 scrambling stats after missing a third of the greens and splitting just 5 (of 14) fairways. At 11-under 205 he's two shots behind leader Paul Lawrie and will join the Scot in the final three-ball on Saturday along with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who is also at -11. After opening with a birdie, Grace got into par mode and reeled off 14 straight. He finally put some red on his card with a birdie at 16 and added two more at 17 and 18. That run of three closing birdies saw him jump nine spots on the day and arrive in great position to win this title for the second year running.
Jan 29 - 9:00 AM

South Africa's Branden Grace had two holes of this third round to complete on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; he made bogey-birdie for a 6-under-par 32-34=66 and a 54-hole 10-under total of 206.

The South African is part of a five man scrum for third, one shot shy of Joost Luiten and three swings adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. Grace made seven birdies, in addition to that one bogey on 17, in round three, just as he did in round one. The 2-over 74 in between cost him an even better position with 18 holes to play. He needed just 26 putts in round three, an improvement of five on round two. A winner in the desert at Doha last year, Grace is seeking to improve on his previous best at Abu Dhabi GC - a T5 in 2013.
Jan 23 - 9:27 AM

Despite splitting just 4-of-14 fairways in his opening round, Branden Grace posted a 31=35=66 to sit T3 after day one of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

That's just two swings behind surprise leader Bryson DeChambeau and puts Grace alongside pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy. The South African opened with a par and then went on a birdie blitz, circling red at six of his next nine holes. Hampered by playing from the rough, Grace quietened thereafter and mixed a bogey at 14 with a final birdie at 16. Grace still managed to hit 15 greens in his 66 which matched his best round at Abu Dhabi GC. He'll look to make further progress from tomorrow's morning tee-time.
Jan 21 - 8:20 AM

Branden Grace finished off a 4-under-par 33-35=68 with a pair of bogeys to drop back to T3 after two rounds of the BMW South African Open.

Grace had shared the overnight lead with compatriot Keith Horne on 8-under when play resumed at Glendower on Saturday morning after the second day's action was cut short due to a lightning threat. He improved to 9-under and led on his own with a par breaker at 14 but landed at 7-under 137 after bogeys at 17 and 18. "I played some good golf and then didn't get it going this morning," he said. "I made a couple of good putts and then let it slip on 15 with a three-putt on the par five and then just a couple of bad swings to follow that." He'll start today's third round two shots behind leader Daniel Brooks.
Jan 9 - 5:32 AM

Branden Grace charged into joint first place at the BMW South African Open before a lightning threat halted the second round action at 15.03 local time; heavy rain followed and at 17.27 local time the European Tour tweeted that play was abandoned for the day.

Grace had climbed to 8-under to join fellow South African Keith Horne at the top of the pile after registering six birdies, a bogey and three pars in his first 11 holes before the klaxon sounded. Horne had earlier posted the clubhouse lead of 136 thanks to a 69 on his morning lap at Glendower. The pair lead by a shot from another home player, Jbe Kruger. 78 players will resume their round in the morning.
Jan 8 - 9:10 AM

Pre-tournament favorite Branden Grace started slowly but rallied to card a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the first round of his home BMW South African Open.

Grace has a rather disappointing record in this tournament with a best of T6 in 2008 and just one other top 10 in his other seven appearances. He made a sticky start today with bogeys at 10 and 12 before balancing the books with birdies at 13 and 16. The World No. 14 made a move with an eagle-3 at 2 and, after a bogey at 5, signed off with two birdies in his final three holes. That puts him on page one of the leaderboard in T5, four shots behind fellow South African Jaco Vay Zyl.
Jan 7 - 6:17 AM

Branden Grace handed in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

That's just two swings behind joint leaders Henrik Stenson and Jaco Van Zyl and puts him T4 in the 30-man field. Grace has enjoyed a superb 2015 and there was almost a sense of disappointment about his T8 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Championship. He started slowly there but here he's up with the pace after a lap of the Gary Player Country Club which featured five birdies, a bogey and 12 pars. The South African picked up shots on all four par 5s (2, 9, 10 and 14) and made another gain at 3. His only blemish was a bogey at 17. Grace hit 14 greens in regulation today.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Defending champion Branden Grace had to settle for a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in round one of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

That's nine shots higher than his opening round last year when he went on to crush the field by seven shots. Grace looked to be cruising to another low one when circling birdies at 10 and 13 but he gave those shots back with a double bogey-6 at the 14th. He got it going again with birdies at 1 and 4 but played his final five holes in 1-over to post a rather disappointing 71. That's currently seven off the lead held by compatriot Christiaan Basson. On the live leaderboard, Grace is currently T36.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 07:07:00 AM

Branden Grace won last year's Alfred Dunhill Championship by seven shots and will bid to capture the trophy once more this week.

Grace shot 62-66-72-68 at Leopard Creek 12 months ago to leave the field trailing in his wake and is favorite with the UK bookmakers to triumph again. The South African returns home on the back of a third place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, a result which saw him finish a career-best third on the Race to Dubai. This will be his seventh start at Leopard Creek. He struggled early in his career and cashed just once in his first four attempts but a T12 in 2012 paved the way for his dominant display last year. The Alfred Dunhill Championship is the opening tournament of the 2016 European Tour schedule so it gives Grace an immediate chance to put down a marker.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 06:15:00 PM

With a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Sunday's closing round, Branden Grace finished solo third at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on 15-under 273.

Grace was never in contention for the title after Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan kicked clear of the field but he separated himself from the chasing pack with a final lap of the Earth course which featured seven birdies and two bogeys. Grace only split 6 (of 14) fairways but hit 15 greens in regulation. Today's result caps an impressive season for the tenacious South African, who was also T4 in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and third in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. His final position of third on the Race to Dubai beats the sixth place he took in 2012 when winning four times.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:34:00 AM

Branden Grace kept his outside hopes of winning the Race to Dubai alive by posting a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in round two of the DP World Tour Championship.

Grace has to win this week and hope Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett finish third or worse and he's still in position to keep up his end of the bargain after arriving at 7-under 137 at the midpoint. That's good enough for T7 on the live leaderboard and puts the South African four shots behind clubhouse leader Emiliano Grillo. Despite birdies at two of the first three holes, Grace struggled after that and gave both shots back with bogeys at 4 and 8. He got going in the right direction again with a birdie at 10 and then made a jump via an eagle-3 at the par-5 14th. Grace piped 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at the Earth course on Friday.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:16:00 AM

Branden Grace connected for eight birdies but settled for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in his last round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Grace also bogeyed two par 3 and two par 4s to thwart any thoughts of contending for his first PGA TOUR title today. For the week, he was sensational in holding the first-round lead with a 63 and sinking an eagle and 23 birdies. So, it's disappointing that once the dust settled, he's parked at 16-under 272, one swing back of 72-hole clubhouse leader Danny Willett. Nevertheless, the South African provided more proof that he's comfortable in these fields and that he can score anywhere.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 02:20:00 AM

Boosted by an eagle-3 at 16, Branden Grace kept his title hopes alive at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China with a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in Saturday's third round.

Things had gone flat for the first-round leader as he played his opening 14 holes at Sheshan International Golf Club today in even par and then dropped another shot at 15. But the tenacious South African halted the slide by driving the green at the short par-4 16th and holing for eagle before adding a walk-off birdie at 18. That lifted him to 12-under 204 at the finish and back to T8 on the leaderboard. He trails leader Kevin Kisner by four shots. Grace hit 14 greens in regulation in round three after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 05:08:00 AM

Overnight leader Branden Grace backed up for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to post 10-under 134, two strokes adrift of Russell Knox' 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The South African was enjoying a sporty trot around Sheshan International, going bogey-free 3-under through 10 holes. He'd square his first bogey of the tournament at the par-4 11th, and then matched it with a bogey-5 at 15, also failing to answer with par breakers of any kind on his last eight holes. Nevertheless, he extended his PGA TOUR-leading streak of 17 consecutive rounds of par or better. It's a feat that dates back to a second-round 69 at Firestone three months ago.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 01:26:00 AM