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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 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. Dec 15 - 3:14 PM

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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.
Jul 15 - 11:46 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.
May 27 - 9:23 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.
Mar 24 - 9:19 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.
Feb 17 - 8:57 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

Branden Grace enters The Open Championship fresh off a playoff loss to Phil Mickelson at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Before that, the South African had missed each of his last two cuts. A final-round 79 in last years Open dropped him all the way into 79th place. His best finish in two trips was a 43rd in 2009.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 08:50:00 PM

Branden Grace carded an even-par 70 in his opening round of the U.S. Open.

Grace concluded his opening round this morning. Overall he offset two bogeys with two birdies, all of which on par 4s. He was the 10th golfer to sign for a 70 and reach the clubhouse three off the lead. The South African will begin his second round on the first tee at 11:13 a.m. ET.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Branden Grace circled birdies on six of his first 11 holes in the third round of THE PLAYERS en route to a 5-under-par 31-36=67.

Grace opened with birdies on each of his first three holes, then took it deeper with birdies on seven, nine and 11. His only dropped shot was on the par-3 13th, resulting from an approach that flew the green and failing to save par. His best chance to get that shot back came at the short, but watery, par-5 16th. When he missed the fairway off the tee, he lost the opportunity to go for the green in two and settled for par. He heads to the final round at 5-under 211.
Sat, May 11, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Branden Grace will tee it up for the seventh time on U.S. soil in 2013 at THE PLAYERS.

It's the South African's first trip to TPC Sawgrass and comes after a T18 at the Masters back in April. His only start on the globe since Augusta National was a T33 at the Volvo China Open. While rookies generally don't fare all that well in this event, Grace has shown a propensity early in his career to perform well absent of local knowledge.
Mon, May 6, 2013 09:20:00 PM

Branden Grace will tee it up in the Shell Houston Open for the first time this week.

Grace has enjoyed plenty of success on numerous corners of the world, but that hasn’t traveled to the U.S. He lost out in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, only managed a T71 at The Honda Classic, tied for 49th on the no-cut WGC-Cadillac and missed the cut at Bay Hill last week. It could be that the layout or grasses of Florida just don’t suit his game and a trip to Texas will allow him to reboot.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Branden Grace grabbed outright possession of the clubhouse lead at The Honda Classic with a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round.

So much for a learning curve at PGA National's Champion Course. Grace is making his debut in this event but he navigated the host track like a veteran. The South African landed 12 greens in regulation and converted seven birdies, including four in a row beginning at the par-3 15th hole, which begins The Bear Trap. His longest birdies measured 31'8" at the eighth, 52'5" at 9, 17'2" at No. 16 and 18'11" at the par-3 17th.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Branden Grace makes his first start at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, playing out of the Hogan Bracket.

Grace will face another first-timer, in Robert Garrigus. While both are rookies, the winner of this match would be in line to face Louis Oosthuizen in the second round should the number one seed also advance. Further, it would not be farfetched for the Grace/Garrigus winner knocked off Oosthuizen.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Branden Grace polished off a wire-to-wire victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 at St. Andrews.

After opening the tournament with a 12-under 60 at Kingsbarns to tie the record low on the European Tour, the South African carded a second-round 67 at St. Andrews, and then a 69 in his third round at Carnoustie. Grace was 1-over after 11 holes today, but connected birdies at holes 12-14 to regain a comfortable cushion. After a bogey at the Road Hole, he knocked in a short birdie at the last to post 22-under 266. Thorbjorn Olesen issued a spirited charge, but finished alone in second place at 20-under 268; he signed for a 68 today, nearly holing an eagle putt from the Valley of Sin at 18. This is Grace's fourth title on the European Tour this year. Interestingly, he has only one other top 10 (solo fifth; BMW PGA Championship). He also won an event on the Sunshine Tour last week.
Sun, Oct 7, 2012 12:36:00 PM

Branden Grace posted a 4-under-par 30-36=66 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to improve to 2-under 208 for the week.

Grace was paired with Tiger Woods in Saturday's third round, making it the third consecutive day the two have been playing partners. He circled six birdies, all coming on his first 10 holes, before surrendering two bogeys on his inward nine. He landed 11 GIR and needed just 26 putts to tour Firestone.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 02:09:00 PM