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Branden Grace |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170
College: South Africa

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Branden Grace concluded his week at Whistling Straits with a 3-under-par 32-37=69 to post 15-under 273, good for outright third place, five swings in arrears of PGA champion Jason Day.
The South African got after it early with birdies on four of his first seven holes, but he squared a double bogey-6 at No. 10, which all but eliminated his chances at his first title in a major and on U.S. soil. He exchanged two birdies with a bogey coming in, but no one was going to catch the Aussie, anyway. In addition to what is his career-best finish in 15 starts in the majors, Grace is now exempt into the 2016 Masters. The top four and ties at the 97th PGA Championship received automatic berths into next season's first major. Day, Jordan Spieth (runner-up, but already exempt for life at Augusta National as a past champion) and Justin Rose (4th place) gobbled up the other three exemptions. Aug 16 - 7:41 PM

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Branden Grace hit every fairway in an 8-under-par 33-31=64 at Whistling Straits on Saturday and has the clubhouse lead at the 97th PGA Championship on 12-under 204. UPDATE: With play completed, Grace's 64 was low round of the day and he'll enter the final round three shots adrift of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

The South African put an exclamation mark on a stunning round of golf by holing his bunker shot at 18 after coming up short with his approach, one of five greens in regulation he missed. Right now, he's one shot in front of Martin Kaymer, his playing partner today, and level on the live leaderboard with Tony Finau, Matt Jones and Jason Day. Grace's bogey-free lap included birdies at 1, 5 and 7 on the front nine, the latter after a conversion from 38'9". He charged home in 31 by circling birdies at 11, 12, 13, 16 and, most memorably, 18. Not surprisingly, this is his lowest round in a major (by three shots) and puts him in great position for a first victory at this level. Of course, he made a bold bid in June's U.S. Open when in the thick of contention throughout the final round before going out of bounds at the 70th hole.
Aug 15 - 6:43 PM

Branden Grace carded a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to post 1-under 209, four shots back of the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

After a couple of tough days at Firestone during which the South African landed only 19 greens in regulation, yet sniped a 1-under 69 in the second round (with only 10 GIR), he got over on the beast today. Grace totaled 11 GIR and buried five birdies, all ranging 12-19 feet. He also holed a four-yarder from the fringe for par at the par-3 seventh and a conventional conversion to salvage par from 51'2" at the par-4 ninth. As a result, it's hardly a surprise that his strokes gained: putting measured 3.318 at last check. Of course, it would have been even better if not for a whiffed attempt for par from just 51 inches at the par-3 fifth, but the most important takeaway is that he's continuing to figure it out on U.S. soil.
Aug 8 - 3:16 PM

Branden Grace won the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews and will hope to lift the Claret Jug there in this year's Open.

That Alfred Dunhill win needs a little clarification as he paved the way for victory with a 60 on day one at Kingsbarns. If the event had been decided by the two rounds played at St. Andrews, Grace wouldn't have made the top 10. Nevertheless, the South African has some happy memories of the Old Course and he also closed with a 69 at St. Andrews to finish T25 in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill. Grace's last major start saw him make a bold bid for glory at the U.S. Open before he drove out of bounds on the 70th hole and finished T4 while he warmed up for this year's Open by honing his links skills again with a T17 in last week's Scottish Open at Gullane. The 27-year-old is 4-for-4 in The Open although his best is a T36 at Hoylake last year. He has a 14:56 Thursday tee time with Jim Furyk and Paul Casey.
Jul 14 - 8:30 AM

Overnight co-leader Branden Grace turned in a 1-over-par 35-36=71 after the final round of the 115th U.S. Open and posted 3-under 277, good for a share of fourth place and two shots adrift of the winner Jordan Spieth.

Grace, making his third U.S. Open appearance and 38th career PGA TOUR start, was in the penultimate pairing with Spieth. A six-time winner on the European Tour, Grace showed he was more than capable of the spotlight, covering a single bogey with two birdies at Nos. 9 and 12, moving to 5-under total. The 27-year-old would then bury a 9'9" par putt on the 13th, in one of the more important putts of his life. Grace, firmly in the throws of trying to become the fourth South African to win the U.S. Open saw his championship dreams tilt however, when his tee ball off No. 16 was OB right leading to double bogey. For his efforts and T4-finish, Grace earns exemptions into the 2016 Masters and U.S. Open. His previous career-best on the PGA TOUR was T7 at this year's RBC Heritage and easily surpasses his T51-finish in the 2012 U.S. Open. He also establishes a career-best in a major, eclipsing his T18 at the 2013 Masters.
Jun 22 - 12:08 AM

Branden Grace turned in an even-par 34-36=70 after today's third round of the 115th U.S. Open to post 4-under 206, good for a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

Grace, playing in the penultimate pairing with Dustin Johnson, began Moving Day at 4-under, (T3) and one back of the 36-hole lead. He circled front-nine birdies on Nos. 5 and 8, the latter pushing him into the outright lead at 6-under. The early momentum stalled out however, carding his three bogeys on the round over his next five holes, including at the drivable par-4 12th. The 27-year-old settled himself, adding birdie-2 from 8' at the par-3 15th, his longest conversion of the day. In total, the South African split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation, but required a lofty 33 putts on his round. Grace will play in the penultimate pairing again on Sunday, this time with Spieth.
Jun 20 - 11:23 PM

Branden Grace checked up at the midpoint of the U.S. Open in 4-under-par 69-67=136 and sits just one shot off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It's easy to forget that Grace is only 27 years of age what with his multiple victories worldwide, but that he's contending entering the weekend at Chambers Bay really isn't surprising. He's failed to find only five (of 28) fairways and seven greens in regulation. That precision has yielded two eagles, including a 2 at the drivable, par-4 12th hole in the opening round, and six birdies. Grace has also given back six strokes with bogeys, but it's all about survival in this tournament. Incidentally, this is his 13th start in a major. His only top 35 to date is a T18 at the 2013 Masters.
Jun 19 - 5:43 PM

Branden Grace turns his attention to Chambers Bay for this week's U.S. Open.

The South African arrives in the Pacific Northwest with finishes of T11 or better in three of his last four starts, worldwide. The six-time European Tour winner is always tempting due to his strike-rate overseas. On a closer look, his top win came at an event with a 272 Strength of Field rating via OWGR. That is the equivalent of a low-to-mid tier weak field event on the PGA TOUR.
Jun 17 - 6:29 PM

Branden Grace will take on Wentworth's West Course again when he lines up in the BMW PGA Championship.

This is the South African's fourth appearance in the European Tour's flagship event and he's 3-for-3 so far. His best was a T5 in debut in 2012 and he's since finished T24 and T61 at the English venue. Gamers know they're getting a proven winner in Grace so he offers jackpot potential. This season, he's posted wins in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Qatar Masters while he also had his best result on the PGA TOUR when T7 at The Heritage last month.
May 19 - 6:05 PM

Branden Grace fashioned a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round of THE PLAYERS to post 6-under 138 at the break, good for sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The South African overcame two double bogeys in his opening round with five birdies en route to a 71. Going out with the first threesome off the 10th tee today, he squared three bogeys, but piled up seven par breakers, including an eagle from just inside 12 feet at the par-5 16th hole. His longest conventional conversion measured 13'4" for birdie at the par-5 second, but he also holed out for birdie from the rough from seven yards away at the par-4 12th. This is Grace's second appearance at TPC Sawgrass (T48, 2013), but he arrived having placed T7 at Harbour Town and T9 at the Match Play where he reached the quarterfinals.
May 8 - 12:14 PM

Branden Grace got by Charley Hoffman 2 and 1 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and forced a three-way playoff that includes Zach Johnson.

To cap an impeccably played match, Grace landed his tee ball at the par-3 17th to just 19 inches. He was already 1-up, so Hoffman needed to hole out from the rough to extend. It didn't happen. Neither golfer squared a bogey or worse today. Both found four birdies on the front side and turned all square. Grace took the lead with a birdie-2 at the 13th hole. They traded pars until the clincher. Jason Day, who was the top seed in this group, went 0-3 at TPC Harding Park, so he's the only among the four that has already been officially eliminated. UPDATE: Grace emerged victorious on the third playoff hole. ZJ and Hoffman have been eliminated.
May 1 - 5:57 PM

Branden Grace has decided to focus on next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship instead of giving it a go at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The South African withdrew from the Zurich despite being granted a foreign exemption to compete. With his T12 at the RBC Heritage, he rose three spots to 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking, so he'll be busy enough the next two weeks chasing titles at TPC Harding Park and TPC Sawgrass.
Apr 20 - 12:34 PM

Branden Grace authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage and posted 12-under 272, good for a share of seventh place.

A winner abroad multiple times, Grace finally collects his first top 10 in 35 PGA TOUR starts. It wasn't a walk in the park, however. The 26-year-old South African struggled with his ball-striking all day, finding eight (of 14) fairways and just nine greens in regulation. Fortunately, he went 7-for-9 in scrambling to salvage what could have otherwise been a catapult in the wrong direction. Grace circled four birdies in his first 11 holes against a lone bogey on the par-4 eighth. His round ended in what could only be described as a grind. Starting at No. 13, he missed his final six GIR but managed to save par by one-putting five times.
Apr 19 - 5:12 PM

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

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