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Branden Grace |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170
College: South Africa

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Branden Grace enjoyed a 5-under-par 35-31=66 for his third round of the RBC Heritage, posting 10-under 203 and sits one stroke off the pace of the 54-hole clubhouse leader.
It was a story of two nines for the 26-year-old South African, playing this week on a foreign exemption. Grace hit just four greens in regulation on his outward half, but his short game sparkled, going 5-for-5 in scrambling including making his only front-nine birdie on the par-4 eighth from four yards off the green. He found new life after the turn, hitting all nine GIR and cashing in birdie chances on Nos. 10, 13, 15 and a 20'5" drop on the par-4 16th. Grace has been impressive in his Harbour Town debut, improving on his score in each of his three rounds. Apr 18 - 5:05 PM

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Branden Grace makes second career start at Valero Texas Open.

Playing this week on a foreign exemption, Grace returns to TPC San Antonio after a T79/MDF in his debut last year. Ranked 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking but not yet exempt into the Masters, he looks to secure that invite this week with a strong showing. A winner in three of his last eight worldwide starts -- twice on the European Tour and most recently on the Sunshine Tour -- Grace is looking to transfer that success to the PGA TOUR. Followed a solo 54th at Doral with a T62 last week at Bay Hill.
Mar 24 - 12:05 AM

Branden Grace secured his fourth consecutive berth into the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship by virtue of the Race to Dubai standings at the conclusion of the Hero Indian Open.

The top 10 in the Race to Dubai gained entry into the limited field at Trump National Doral on March 5-8. Grace hasn't played the European Tour since the Gulf Swing, but he's fourth in the R2D on the strength of two victories. His title at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in his native South Africa on Sunday contributes only to his earnings on the Sunshine Tour, but it's his latest proof that he's a flat-out winner. The other six that weren't previously eligible for the WGC-Cadillac Championship are (* - making his debut at Doral): *Danny Willett (1st in the R2D); *Bernd Wiesberger (6th); *Gary Stal (7th); *Marc Warren (8th); Thongchai Jaidee (9th); Alex Noren (10th).
Feb 23 - 1:21 AM

Branden Grace confirmed his reputation as one of the European Tour's best closers by carding a 6-under-par 35-31=66 to win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace conjured a back-nine 31 to get to 19-under 269 and edge out Scotland's Marc Warren by a shot. With four players tied at the top on 13-under at start of play, the lead was always going to change multiple times in Saturday's final round. It looked as if Grace hadn't come to the party when he followed an opening birdie with 10 straight pars to fall behind. But he birdied 12 and 14 to move back into a tie for the lead and then kicked two clear with a brilliant eagle two at the 16th. Playing in the group behind, Warren caught him with birdies at 16 and 17 but Grace had one last thrust of the sword -- a superb wedge at the last that banked a closing par breaker. Warren couldn't match it, leaving Grace to claim his second title of the 2015 season and sixth European Tour win in total. The 26-year-old is now exempt into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the fourth consecutive time.
Jan 24 - 8:39 AM

Branden Grace overcame two early bogeys to remain tied for the lead with a round to play at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace authored a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on Friday to reach 13-under 203. He sits on that number with fellow halfway leader Bernd Wiesberger along with Scotland's Marc Warren and young Argentine Emiliano Grillo. The quartet are two shots clear of fifth place. Grace birdied the first but fell back to 8-under with successive bogeys at the third and fourth. His response was impressive as he bounced back with birdies at five and six -- two of the harder holes at Doha GC -- before adding par breakers at 10, 13 and 18 to put himself in a four-way tie at the top. Grace led or co-led with a round to play in four of his five European Tour wins so is one of the best closers around.
Jan 23 - 9:06 AM

Branden Grace knows a thing or two about a multi-win season and is eyeing another after taking a share of the lead at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace toured Doha Golf Club in 4-under 33-35=68 in Thursday's second round to finish tied at the top on 9-under 135 with fellow South African George Coetzee and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger. In 2012, Grace won four times on the European Tour and he added a fifth title when capturing the Alfred Dunhill Championship on home soil last month. He's made just one bogey so far this week and is flowing with confidence after finishing in the top 25 of his last nine events worldwide. Grace started out with a birdie four today and circled further par breakers at six and seven. He joined the lead with another birdie at 12 before suffering his only bogey of the week so far at 15. But the 26-year-old made it a three-way tie at the top by driving the par-4 16th green and two putting for birdie. His reputation as a strong frontrunner - he's led at halfway in three of his five victories - suggests he'll be hard to dislodge over the final 36 holes.
Jan 22 - 8:42 AM

Branden Grace put himself immediately into contention again with an opening 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African started with a 66 in Dubai last week and also returned a blistering 62 to set up a wire-to-wire victory in last month's Alfred Dunhill Championship. He was at it again at Doha Golf Club on Wednesday with an opening circuit that was just one out of the lead when he handed in his card. The five-time European Tour winner played his opening nine, the back, in 33 with birdies at 12, 16 and 17. He circled three more par breakers at two, four and eight. A bogey six at the first was his only blemish and he'll feel he could have gone lower having played the par fives in one over.
Jan 21 - 6:09 AM

Branden Grace roared out of the blocks and carded a six-under-par 35-31=66 in round one of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

In December, the South African won the Alfred Dunhill Championship -- the second event on the European Tour's 2015 schedule -- and he's in position to strike again. Grace, who started at the 10th, began with three pars but went on a tear with five birdies in the next six holes to complete his opening nine in five-under 31. He added a sixth birdie of the day at the par-5 second hole before closing with seven straight pars. The 66 is Grace's second lowest round in Abu Dhabi and when the five-time European Tour winner signed his card he was just one behind early clubhouse leader Thomas Pieters.
Jan 15 - 6:05 AM

Branden Grace hopes to follow-up his wire-to-wire victory at Leopard Creek by capturing this week's South African Open.

Grace -- a four-time winner on the European Tour in 2012 -- gained his first success since that breakout season in stunning style at December's Alfred Dunhill Championship. He'll now be keen to maintain that momentum after the Christmas break and capture his national Open for the first time. Grace has contested seven previous South African Opens, making the cut in six. His best finishes are a sixth at Pearl Valley in 2008 and a ninth at Serengeti in 2011. He enters the week ranked 82nd in the world; he peaked at 26 in July 2013.
Jan 6 - 4:51 AM

Branden Grace coasted to a seven-stroke, wire-to-wire victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in his native South Africa.

The 25-year-old opened with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 62, and then added respective rounds of 66, 72 and 68 to post 20-under 268. Fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen was the lone runner-up. "It’s special to win it wire-to-wire, more so because it’s in front of a local crowd," Grace said on Sunday. For the week, he totaled 27 birdies against seven bogeys. "It was a pretty flawless round today and the perfect way to finish off an incredible tournament - a great week in the office." He's arguably best known for winning five times around the world. Four of those titles occurred on the European Tour. His win on Sunday is his first anywhere since and fifth career on the circuit.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Branden Grace will get introduced to Royal Liverpool this week at the 143rd Open Championship.

The South African is a perfect 3-for-3 at The Open Championship, but has failed to record anything better than a share of 43rd place. While the cuts made are encouraging and Open Championship venues are always difficult, signing for just two (of 12) scorecards in red numbers still leaves a lot to be desired. Having not cracked the top 25 in his last 12 worldwide events, gamers can safely avoid Grace this week.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 11:46:00 AM

Branden Grace heads back to Muirfield Village for his third Memorial Tournament.

Grace is a non-member on the PGA TOUR, but that hasn't stopped him from finding seven PGA TOUR events this season. Unfortunately, he hasn't done anything of note with those starts and his form has been below mediocre entering the week. The South African has finished outside the top 60 in six of his last seven stroke-play events, worldwide. With a T25 here in 2012, this could be a venue where he finds his form, just don't count on it.
Tue, May 27, 2014 09:23:00 AM

Branden Grace will compete in his first Valero Texas Open on a sponsor exemption.

The South African is not a member of the PGA TOUR, but this counts as his fifth start of the season. Three of those were no-cut WGCs, while the fourth went for a missed cut at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago. It's a long shot at this point, but he's likely hoping to gather the equivalent of enough FedExCup points to earn Special Temporary Membership. He has 81 non-member FedExCup points upon arrival in Texas, 197 short of qualifying to STM. No matter how many points he racks up, he would only be eligible for the FEC Playoffs with a win in a PGA TOUR event and the acceptance of membership.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Branden Grace lost out in the first round of the 2013 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, but returns to Dove Mountain for a second try this week.

The South African is the 11th seed in the Ben Hogan bracket, and drew the short straw. He faces Jimmy Walker, and all the American has done is win in three of his last nine starts. Grace had a full taste of the majors and WGCs last year, struggling for the large part. Perhaps an extra year of seasoning will do him some good.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Branden Grace will compete in his second World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions this week.

The South African has competed two times following the Presidents Cup, but hasn't cracked a top 40 in either venture. In fact, one has to go all the way back to a runner-up at the Scottish Open to find anything better than a T43. This will be his first crack at Sheshan International Golf Club, since his only other action in this event came at Mission Hills last year.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 08:57:00 PM