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Branden Grace

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Branden Grace eased into contention at the BMW PGA Championship on Wentworth's West Course with a third round 3-under-par 35-34=69 which left him T3 on 9-under 207, four swings behind the leaders Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari.
The South African ground his way to the turn, making two birdies and two bogeys in the blustery wind, but then gave himself an outside chance of victory on Sunday with a bold back nine. He made an eagle-3 at the 531-yard par-5 12th and added birdie at the 16th, but will rue his inability to make birdie at either of the closing par-5s (17 and 18). It was his third 69 of the week; he has never gone sub-70 so many times in one week at Wentworth. He was T4 after 54 holes in 2012 and finished T5, last year he was T2 with 18 holes to play and recorded T9, what will this Sunday hole? May 26 - 12:35 PM

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Making his tournament debut, World No. 36 Branden Grace fired a 9-under-par 31-31=62 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to conclude on 19-under 265, up eight spots to a season-best T3, four short of overnight co-leader and champion Aaron Wise, who shot bogey-free 65.

The 30-year-old (today, May, 20th) bagged the low round of the day and matches his career low (in 298 rounds), a major-championship-record 62 in R3 at last year's Open at Royal Birkdale (finished T6). He improves to 11-for-11 on the season with six top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T8 at the Valspar. After opening in 66-68-69, the South African began T11, seven back. Playing out of the sixth-to-last threesome, he smothered a lone bogey-5 at 13 with eight birdies and a hole eagle-3 at 14 from a greenside bunker 66'7" away. He posted 6.253 SG: Total, including 3.710 around-the-green and a tidy 1.308 putts per GIR. For the week, the Florida resident tallied two eagles and 24 birdies versus seven bogeys and one double. He ranked No. 1 in SG: Around-the-Green (6.536) and putts per GIR (1.614).
May 20 - 10:15 PM

Branden Grace will make his first start since becoming a father, prepping for this week's PLAYERS Championship.

The South African welcomed his son, Roger, into the world just a few weeks ago. He skipped an event he loves (RBC Heritage) to make sure he wasn't going to miss the birth. Now he'll get a chance to take on a different Pete Dye design at TPC Sawgrass this week. In four previous appearances, Grace is 4-for-4 but hasn't posted anything better than T42 in those four cuts made. He has shown glimpses of biggest payouts, posting a 5-under 67 in R3 of the 2013 edition to jump inside the top 20 and also twirling another 5-under 67 in R2 of the 2015 edition to sit at T3 after 36 holes. Grace hasn't played in competition since the Masters Tournament so rust can't be ruled out this week at THE PLAYERS.
May 8 - 10:21 AM

The 2016 RBC Heritage champion Branden Grace will be skipping this week's edition of the event but he has a very good reason for passing, as he'll be anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child.

The South African fell in love with Harbour Town Golf Links at first sight. "At the beginning of the week we actually spoke on Wednesday, we went to his [Ernie Els] house for coffee. And he told me this is one event that I’m going to win a couple of times in my career." Els knows what he is talking about as Grace picked up his first tartan jacket in just his second appearance at the Heritage. After T24 last week at the Masters, Grace updated his fans via Twitter saying "I am sad to announce that I will not be playing RBC Heritage this week to make sure I am present for the birth of my first child." If he sticks to last year's schedule then gamers should expect a return at the Valero Texas Open or at THE PLAYERS.
Apr 9 - 11:57 AM

Branden Grace has a history of poor starts in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club; he'll hope to break that trend this year.

The South African 29-year-old can lay claim to five top six finishes in the major championships since that start of 2015 but the big problem is that he has never clicked at Augusta National. In fact his record there is a rather bleak: T18-MC-MC-MC-T27. A closer look at his log book there is arguably even more disheartening. In five starts he has never once broken 75 on Thursday (the full sorry list of opening scores reads 78-84-75-75-76). It could perhaps be suggested that he's due a good first lap and he'd certainly welcome waking up on Friday and not being behind the 8-ball just to make the cut. He finished T8 in the Valspar Championship but fell at the WGC-Match Play group stage.
Apr 3 - 5:19 AM

Branden Grace kept his hopes alive with a 2-and-1 victory over Julian Suri during round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, giving him a 1-1-0 record heading into Friday.

The South African ran into a Bubba buzzsaw on day one but today it was Grace that was controlling the pace. Battling with blustery Texas winds, he circled six birdies today. Grace gifted a few bogeys throughout the round but overall this was a tough score to hang with. He will now turn his attention toward Marc Leishman (0-2) for a Friday showdown. Leishman is mathematically eliminated at this point. In order to advance, Grace will need to win his match while he also needs Julian Suri to beat Bubba Watson which would then force a three-man playoff to see who advances onto the Round of 16.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM

World No. 27 Branden Grace will be ready to improve his ailing WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play record at third-time venue the Austin Country Club.

In all match play the South African is a none-too-standout 10-10-2 and that regresses to 5-7 in the tournament, with his register at the course reading 3-3. In 2016 he clocked up wins over David Lingmerth and Russell Knox, but losing to Chris Kirk proved fatal to his hopes of extending his stay beyond the group stages. Twelve months later he was tripped up by Brandt Snedeker and William McGirt, with his only recompense a consolation win over Andy Sullivan. Currently on a run of 36-for-39 in strokeplay, he was last seen when T8 in the Valspar Championship. He's been drawn in Group 11, opening up against Bubba Watson before taking on Marc Leishman and Julian Suri.
Mar 20 - 4:55 AM

World No. 28 Branden Grace carded a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in the final round of the Valspar Championship to conclude on 5-under 279, up three spots to T8 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Grace finished a season-best T8.

The 28-year-old is now 2-for-3 at the Valspar and this is his first top-30 finish (T37/2016). He's now 7-for-7 on the season with four top 25s and is headed for his first top 10, eclipsing a pair T15s. The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, resident posted rounds of 73-68-68-70 and recorded one eagle and 14 birdies against 11 bogeys. He conjured nine greens in regulation in Round 4, losing 2.271 strokes approaching-the-green, and posted 1.556 putts per GIR, currently No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 1.622.
Mar 11 - 5:27 PM

Branden Grace hopes the second time is the charm as he turns his attention toward Club de Golf Chapultepec ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

The South African twirled rounds of 69 and 68 during the inaugural running at Chapultepec GC. Unfortunately, those rounds were bookended by rounds of 73. Last year, Grace entered with a bit of a question mark regarding his health. He was arriving fresh off a WD at the Honda Classic due to a strained muscle in his rotator cuff. This year, he has a clean bill of health and plenty of potential. With kikuyugrass featured from tee-to-green, Grace should be reminded of all those courses back home in South Africa. Gamers should give Grace a long look in all formats this week.
Feb 26 - 7:26 PM

Branden Grace put on a ball-striking clinic in round two of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates GC, firing a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 to reach 10-under 133 at halfway, currently good enough for solo third on the live leaderboard and a rise of 23 spots.

That excellent morning's work puts the South African just two back from 36-hole pacesetter Jamie Donaldson. Making light of a fog delay which held up play for two hours and 50 minutes, Grace burst out of the gates with birdies at three of his first four holes (10, 11 and 13). He also ticked 17 to turn in 33 before adding further red circles at 1, 4 and 5. "To be quite honest, I don't know if I missed any fairways today. I know the 15th was my first time I missed the green, and it was literally a foot off the green, as well. The ball-striking was pretty much on," said Grace. "The last couple of weeks, I'm getting it around the golf course but it doesn't always feel good. Today I must say, I felt free and I felt in control and I felt that the distances were right. I was pin-high most of the time. So the ball-striking was there. That was a key."
Jan 26 - 7:24 AM

A fast start promised much for Branden Grace, but he had to settled for solo second in the BMW South African Open after a final round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 and a total for the week of 18-under 270 at Glendower Golf Club, three shy of the winner Chris Paisley.

The pre-round favourite made the perfect start with birdie at the first followed by a 12'0" eagle-3 conversion at the second to pinch the lead from the 54-hole leader (and his playing partner) Chris Paisley. Many expected the Englishman to wilt, but he was granted a chance when Grace made double bogey-5 at the par-3 sixth and took it. Paisley's birdie at the seventh created a three shot gap and it was always too much to breach. Grace lost another shot to the card at 12, but bounced back one last time. He made eagle-3 at 13 and back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 yet it it was too little, too late. No consolation, but it was his ninth top six finish in his last 11 South African starts on the European Tour.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

Branden Grace rushed into contention for a first BMW South African Open title when a scintillating back nine left him alone in second on 14-under 202 after a Saturday 6-under-par 35-31=66 at Glendower Golf Club.

The South African owns four career wins in his home nation, however he is yet to claim this tournament and dearly wants to do so. He began the day five swings back of the co-leaders and heads into the final round just one back of Chris Paisley. On the front nine he made birdie at both the par-5s, but dropped a shot at No. 9. He needed something special to contend and quickly provided it. There were ticks at 11 and 13, but the real drama started at 15. He completed a Saturday grand slam of par-5 birdies there, added another at 16 (both from 8'0") and fist-pumped when he made it a hat-trick with an 18'0" par breaker at 17. He failed to make it four at 18, but Paisley will be vulnerable on the final lap. Indeed, Grace is the only golfer in the 54-hole top five with an ET win to his name. He is two clear of Jacques Blaauw, Adrien Saddier and Chase Koepka who share third.
Jan 13 - 9:48 AM

Joint-overnight leader Branden Grace had to settle for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his second round at the BMW South African Open, his halfway total of 8-under 136 currently putting him T2 on the leaderboard and one behind fellow South African Jacques Kruyswijk.

This wasn't the morning the pre-tournament favorite planned. Grace sprinkled three eagles on his card in an opening 65 but he couldn't find any today. Indeed, Grace only found two birdies during a frustrating round in which he couldn't get off the par train. The local man made a decent enough start with two pars and a red number at 12 but he signed for 14 straight pars after that. The sequence was finally broken with a birdie-4 at 8 but a walk-off bogey at 9 summed up his round. Still, no damage done and he'll go into the weekend with a great chance to win his national Open for a first time.
Jan 12 - 5:50 AM

Branden Grace cashed in on the par 5s at Glendower GC, making a trio of eagles on the way to a 7-under-par 32-33=65 and a share of the first-round lead at his home BMW South African Open alongside American Chase Koepka.

Local hero Grace made his big surges at 2, 8 and 15, becoming the first man to register three eagles in a round since Denmark's Jeff Winther pulled off the same feat at this course last year. Grace added birdies at 4, 6 and 10 while, on an eventful opening nine, he also swallowed bogeys at 3 and 7. Grace is the highest ranked player in the field this week and was the pre-tournament favorite with the bookmakers. He and Koepka lead by a shot from England's Chris Paisley whilst it's a further stroke back to local pair Erik Van Rooyen and Richard Sterne along with Scotland's Bradley Neil and Spain's Nacho Elvira. This is Grace's lowest lap of Glendower by three shots and is the first time he's topped the leaderboard on the European Tour since the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions although he held top spot after day one of last year's Texas Open.
Jan 11 - 11:21 AM

Branden Grace has yet to put his name on the trophy but he's the bookmakers' favorite to capture the BMW South African Open for the first time this week.

No surprise there as he's the only top 30 player in the OWGR taking part at Glendower and, of course, this is his home Open. World No. 23 Louis Oosthuizen isn't taking part while Grace has shown far better recent form than World No. 34 Charl Schwartzel, who does tee it up. Grace made a triumphant return home two months ago when beating a quality field to land the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge and his last nine starts in South Africa show three wins and a further three top fours. Grace occupied fourth spot at Glendower (best SA Open finish) when he last played this event in 2016 and was T15 in the 2015 edition. He looks the man to beat this week and gamers should make him their first port of call.
Jan 9 - 7:18 AM