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Branden Grace

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Branden Grace carded a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship, but had to defend himself after earning a beneficial ruling on the West Course.
The South African, who has never missed the cut at Wentworth, made four front nine birdies at 1, 4, 5 and 9, to which he then added an ealge-3 at the 520-yard par-5 12th. But with his approach to the 13th buried deep in the bunker he took a stance and his feet were touching the material beneath the sand. "I couldn't really get the grip and kept on slipping," he said, "so knowing what happened in the past I asked the official. Fortunately for me, it worked out this time." He blasted out but missed the par putt. He also dropped a shot at the 16th to lose a share of the lead and then discover his ruling was causing plenty of discussion on social media. He heads into the second round in a tie for fifth. May 25 - 3:04 PM

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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

First-round leader and World No. 21 Branden Grace authored a 2-under-par 35-35=70 on Day 3 of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 209, up eight places to T2, one back of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

The 28-year-old was the 18-hole leader (by one) with 66, slipping to T10 after an up-and-down 73. He began in a 7-way logjam on 5-under, three adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. The South African landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, recording 4.456 SG: Tee-to-Green, pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 12.356. He outpaced bogey-5s at 6 and 15 (failed scrambles) with four birdies at 2, 7, 10 and 14, three from inside of five feet with a long of 13'4" at the par-3 seventh. The transplanted Floridian missed four birdie tries from inside of 15 feet, losing 0.105 strokes on-the-greens, and thru 54 holes is 73rd (of 76 players) in SG: Putting at -2.179.
Apr 22 - 6:16 PM

Overnight leader Branden Grace grinded out a 1-over-par 37-36=73 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, backpedaling out of the leader's circle to sit on 5-under 139, still good for a spot inside the top 10.

The South African put on a stripe show on day one, but left a few strokes out there with the putter. His flat stick didn't improve much today (missing three more putts from inside six feet) and his iron play saw a sharp decline, as well. Grace only set himself up with five birdie-or-better looks from inside 25 feet (versus 14 chances from inside 20 feet in R1). He lost 1.004 strokes approaching-the-green after gaining 4.536 strokes on day one. Despite the disappointing round today, the 28-year-old still sits in very good shape for the tournament overall.
Apr 21 - 7:12 PM

Making his fourth straight appearance at the Valero Texas Open, Branden Grace opened his week with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to claim the early title of clubhouse leader as the afternoon wave gets their day started.

Grace gave a tee-to-green clinic today, missing just one (of 14) fairways on his way toward 14 greens in regulation. The highlight came at the par-4 10th where he stuck his 152-yard approach to inside three feet, but it was really a steady stream of great approach shots. The South African gave himself 14 birdie looks from inside 20 feet, including every hole on his homeward nine. Grace walked off the course gaining 7.432 strokes tee-to-green. The third-highest ranked golfer in the field (World No. 21) really showed his ball-striking potential today. He'll be even tougher to catch if his flat stick heats up as the week progresses, losing 1.758 strokes putting today.
Apr 20 - 1:44 PM

Defending champ and World No. 22 Branden Grace birdied three of his final four holes on Moving Day at the RBC Heritage to scratch out a 2-under-par 35-34=69 and a 54-hole total of 5-under 208. UPDATE: Grace closed in 3-under-par 34-34=68 for T11 on 8-under 276, five back of champion Wesley Bryan.

The 28-year-old won his lone PGA TOUR title here last year in his 51st career TOUR start. He opened with 66-74-69, solo 4th thru 54 holes and three back, and closed in 5-under 66 to win by two. He's up to 72 career starts on TOUR now and it's been 15 starts since his last top 10, a T4 at last year's PGA Championship. The South African began in 68-71, T32 on 3-under and seven adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald, and circled five birdies, taking some luster off with one bogey and double bogey-6 at the 12th. He's currently T22 on the leaderboard, up 10 spots, but a distant seven shots shy of the leaders on the course.
Apr 15 - 4:11 PM

World No. 22 Branden Grace returns to Harbour Town Golf Links for this week's RBC Heritage, the site of his 2016 victory.

The South African found himself T21 thru 36 holes last year following rounds of 66-74=120 (-2). He positioned himself inside the top 5 after a 2-under 69 in Round 3 and then came from three off the pace to secure his first PGA TOUR title. His win was largely aided by his short game, gaining 4.59 strokes around-the-green and 5.39 strokes putting on the week. Last year Grace arrived just six starts removed from a win on the European Tour but this time around he's without a top 10 over his last 11 starts worldwide. Grace originally added this event to his schedule on the recommendation of his mentor/friend Ernie Els. That turned out to be a great tip because Grace has proven a perfect fit for the tree-lined track, collecting a T7 and WIN in his first two trips. His form is not in tip-top shape, but he's still worth a long look from gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 10 - 8:18 PM

Branden Grace kicked off his 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play campaign with a convincing 4-and-2 victory over Andy Sullivan in round one at Austin Country Club, an encounter in which he was never once in arrears.

The South African 15th seed made five birdies in his round as he overwhelmed the Englishman. If he was handed the early initiative because Sullivan found water prior to conceding the 3rd and lost the 4th to a birdie, he was soon asserting himself in style. His 351-yard drive at the short par-4 5th set up a winning birdie, he holed out from a bunker for another winning red number at the 7th, and stellar approaches at 11 and 14 left him with kick-in par breakers to stretch the lead. Sullivan’s 131-yard fairway bunker shot at 15 settled 2’2" from the flag for a birdie which pulled one hole back but he conceded the par-5 12th and 16th holes by collecting penalties, the last of those proving fatal. Grace will play William McGirt in round two, Sullivan will need points from his scrap with Brandt Snedeker.
Mar 22 - 1:45 PM

Branden Grace withdrew from The Honda Classic following a birdie-free, 7-over-par 36-41=77 in round one. There was no injury cited the time of the WD. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.

The South African swallowed five bogeys and a double bogey without circling a single birdie in his navigation of PGA National's Champion Course. It was his third attempt at The Honda Classic, and he's now 1-for-3 with a T71 in 2013 still his best. There was no reason for the WD provided but we'll update if/when that information becomes available. Grace is currently committed to next week's WGC-Mexico Championship where gamers should be ready to jump back on board, unless an injury becomes apparent. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.
Feb 23 - 5:49 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 17 Branden Grace opened his Genesis Open debut with a bogey-free 4-under-par 31-36=67, T5 on the leaderboard with play still in progress.

The 28-year-old found eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, going 8-for-8 in scrambling. He opened with nine straight pars before getting on the board with eagle-3 at the first (from 19'7"). The South African, 41st in the FedExCup standings last season, dropped a 27-footer from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 second, wrapping up with birdie-3 at seven from 17'5". He missed three scoring tries from inside of 10 feet, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 25 putts total, but made four par-savers from between five and seven feet.
Feb 16 - 5:25 PM

Branden Grace will get his first look at Riviera Country Club as he prepares for this week's Genesis Open.

This week's classical par-71 layout is not known to be kind to first-timers. One thing that Grace does have going for him is the familiarity with the grass types. The rare kikuyu grass found on the fairways and rough at Riviera CC is actually the norm back home in South Africa. That should provide Grace a bit of comfort this week, but even the most savvy of veterans never truly feel comfortable at Riviera CC. It's a tough track to tackle, but Grace might be up for the task this week. To open the season he has eased his way in, playing in three no-cut events before finishing T13 at the Sony Open.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 15 - 9:45 AM

Branden Grace gets his first taste of Kapalua Resort this week as he preps for the SBS Tournament of Champions.

The South African found his way into the field with a win at the RBC Heritage. He's collected seven career wins on the European Tour but this was his first in the States. The 29-year-old played a career-high number of events last year (18) and with status locked up through 2017-18, he'll have the luxury again of deciding how many times he wants to tee it up on the PGA TOUR versus the Euro Tour. The Plantation Course at Kapalua has some tricky, slow-looping greens so Grace will need to figure those out quickly if he wants to bring home another trophy by week's end.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 2 - 8:10 AM

Branden Grace will bid for a second win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa when he pegs it up again at Leopard Creek this week.

The World No. 16 captured this trophy in 2014 after riding the slingshot of an opening 62 to the finish line and winning by seven. And yet Grace finds himself only second favorite in the betting markets this week. That's because the other three editions in the last four years have been won by Charl Schwartzel (2012, 2014, 2015). The two South African big guns have been paired together for the opening two rounds of this 2017 season opener, with Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal making up the three-ball. As well as his victory, Grace was also T12 in this tournament in 2013 and T8 when defending last year. After a career-high third place on the Race to Dubai in 2015, the seven-time European Tour winner backed it up with seventh last season after posting eight top 10s in 16 starts, including a victory in the Qatar Masters. If Grace hits the top of the leaderboard this week, he'll be very hard to shift as he's one of the best front-runners in the game.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Branden Grace grafted to card 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, leaving him tied fourth on 5-under 211.

When this event started the 2016 schedule (due to a quirk) Grace finished T4 and he has every chance of repeating that, or maybe even bettering it, despite something of a third round fight against the Gary Player Country Club. He opened with bogey at the 1st (his second of the week) and then added another at the 5th (again his second of the week at that hole). A birdie-4 at the 9th helped, only to give the shot back at the 11th. He was heading for an over-par round but promptly added a hat-trick of birdies at 12, 13 and 14 to transform his aspirations going into the final round. He lies six back of the leader Jeunghun Wang.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 07:51:00 AM

Branden Grace enjoyed his second circuit of the Gary Player Country Club, posting 3-under-par 34-35=69 to hit the 36-hole point of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 4-under 140, T8 on the live leaderboard.

The South African has been in a mini-slump since finishing T4 at the PGA Championship. In that spell he is 5-for-8, but crucially has failed to finish higher than T30. The good news is that result was his last, at the HSBC Champions (completed with a solid 67), and he has riden the wave this week. Perhaps he is also taking heart from his T4 finish in this event 12 months ago. Whatever it is, he posted three red numbers on the front nine (at the 1st, 8th and 9th) against just the one dropped shot (at the 5th). Another dropped shot at No. 11 was turned around with birdies at 12 and 14. When he visited the scorer's hut he was T8, four shots behind the on-course leader.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM