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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 completed a sensational recovery from his mid-second round position to claim the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City; his error-free final round of 6-under-par 33-33=66 completing an 11-under 277 total which overhauled pre-round leader Scott Jamieson and Victor Dubuisson.
The 29-year-old endured an appalling front nine on Friday, making no less than three double bogey-6s to fall eight behind the lead, but he would not let his head drop and found himself in the final three-ball Sunday. He posted four birdies at 2, 5, 6 and 10 as the three playing partners tussled boldly for the lead. He missed a 6'0" birdie try to tie the lead at 13, but joined it soon after with a two-putt par breaker at 14 and sneaked clear with a magnificent 35'0" birdie conversion at the par-3 16th, seconds after Jamieson lipped out for a chip-in red number of his own. Bar some putting wobbles it was an imperious final round performance which saw him land all 18 greens in regulation. The victory is the eighth of his European Tour career and first since the Qatar Masters early last year; an emotional win in the tournament styled as "Africa's major". "Awesome," he said. "Every South African wants to win this." Nov 12 - 8:44 AM

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Branden Grace thrashed a third round 4-under-par 35-33=68 to hit the 54 hole stage on 5-under 211 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, three behind pacesetter Scott Jamieson on the live leaderboard.

It has been a tale of two nines for the South African this week. He is 6-over for the front nine and 11-under for the back nine. However he'll be ruing the bogey he made at 18 (stray tee shot, chip out, approach just over the back of the green, two-putt par). Not only was it his first error on the back nine this week, but it was a late slap to his momentum. Earlier he had made bogey at 5 before adding birdies at 6 and 8. They were an early hint of what was to come. He added more red at 10, 11 and 14 before chipping in for a third birdie of the week at 15. In round four he will hope to avoid more front nine trouble. He has made four bogeys this week in the first five holes and on Friday made three double bogeys. But if he is in touch come the turn, beware. He's 12-under for the run from the turn to the 15th. "I'm a grinder," he said of his recovery from 2-over after 27 holes.
Nov 11 - 8:01 AM

A three-hole back nine-blitz allowed Branden Grace to join the clubhouse lead early in the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge; he carded 4-under-par 37-31=68 at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

A three-time winner in his home country on the European Tour, Grace is seeking his first since 2014, and with a third and fourth in this event in the last two years has every reason to feel confident. However early in the round he struggled, making back-to-back bogeys at 3 and 4. He got one of the shots back at 7, but was nowhere near the lead as he made the turn. Birdie-3 at the tenth helped, but the real difference came with that magic spell midway through the journey home. Birdies at 13 (25'0") and 15 (15'0") bookended a sparkling eagle-3 from just 7'0" at the 601-yard par-5 14th. It was his seventh consecutive under-par lap of the course (and 10th in 13 tours). As he signed his card he was one of four clubhouse leaders on 4-under, with three players out on the course at the same mark.
Nov 9 - 8:16 AM

World No. 46 Branden Grace styled a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to post 5-under 72-67=139, up 41 spots to T10, four adrift of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 29-year-old didn't have the low round of the day, that belonged to Korea's Seung-Yul Noh (65). However, his 67 was tied for second-best lap and was 6.346 strokes better than the field average in R2. The South African, who makes his U.S. base in Palm Beach Gardens, circled six birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 18, camouflaging a lone bogey-6 at 9. He split all 14 fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, recording 1.688 putts per GIR. Thru 36 holes, Grace is T1 in GIR at 88.89 percent (32/36) and T2 in driving accuracy at 92.86 percent (26/28).
Oct 20 - 9:07 AM

Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen picked up right where they left off in 2015, securing a 3-and-1 win over Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger during their Thursday Foursomes match at the 2017 Presidents Cup. This was the first point won by the International team, two short of the United States Team on the live leaderboard with one match still in play.

The South Africans were the stars of the 2015 Presidents Cup, at least on the International side. They went 4-0-0 that year, and have now won five team matches in a row. The United States duo of Koepka-Berger (both Presidents Cup rookies) led for the first two holes but the rest of the match was either All Square of Internationals winning. Grace and Oosthuizen took control of the lead on the par-4 13th when the U.S. conceded and that catapulted them to winning three of the last five holes to win the match. After the Americans got out to a 3-0 lead in this event, this was a much-needed point for the Internationals.
Sep 28 - 5:39 PM

World No. 34 Branden Grace styled a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship to reach the midpoint on 4-under 138, up 54 places to T15 and tying the low round of the week with Morgan Hoffmann/R2.

The 29-year-old went 10 better on Day 2 at TPC Boston as opposed to his opening 74. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.414 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.734 SG: Approach-the-Green, and 2.012 SG: Around-the-Green. The South African, whose U.S. base is Palm Beach Gardens, circled five at Nos. 4, 7-9 and 12, adding eagle-3 at 18 from 40 inches. His split featured two conversions from between 12 and 15 feet, adding a 22-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 12. Grace recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and -0.011 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts.
Sep 2 - 7:41 PM

Branden Grace prepares for his second appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs as he turns attention toward Glen Oaks Club for this week's NORTHERN TRUST.

Grace missed the cut here last year in what was his Playoffs debut. The South African improved to T41 and then T32 in his next two starts. With a little experience now under his belt, Grace will have his eyes on a much bigger prize. Currently ranked 90th in the FedExCup race, Grace can't afford to let his foot off the gas, as only the top 100 qualify into next week's Dell Technologies Championship. In his latest start, Grace snapped a nine-event cuts-made streak (worldwide) with an early exit at the PGA Championship. This week provides a nice opportunity to start a new streak.
Aug 23 - 2:31 PM

It was always going to be tough to follow his record-breaking Saturday 62 but Branden Grace shot a solid even-par 35-35=70 in the final round of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale, ending his week T6 with 4-under 276.

That was eight shots behind three-stroke winner Jordan Spieth. The South African will leave England with a place in the history books but also a first top 10 in the Open Championship. It represents his fifth top six finish in the last 10 majors so he's become a serious player at this level. Grace hit only six (of 14) fairways today but found a hugely impressive 16 greens in regulation for the second day running. Frustratingly, he could only take two of his birdie chances (10 and 17) and they were balanced by bogeys at 6 and 16. He needed 33 swishes of the putter today and that prevented further progress but Grace is definitely one to watch on links courses and, indeed, in future majors.
Jul 23 - 2:16 PM

Branden Grace become the first golfer to shoot 62 in a major championship, firing a bogey-free, 8-under-par 29-33=62 during round three of The 146th Open, soaring up to T2 on the live leaderboard while the final five groups had yet to even tee off for the day. Grace sits at 4-under 206 after three days at Royal Birkdale.

Playing on a wet and receptive course without much wind in the air, scoring conditions were ripe today. Grace still deserves all the credit in the world, it's not like this is the first round in a major championship where Mother Nature has opened the door for scoring. The South African took full advantage as he pelted 16 greens today, the same amount as rounds one and two, combined. From there he drained eight birdies. Remarkably this could have gone even lower, as he took 28 swipes with the putter, missing on a quite few from mid-range, ones you might expect to drop during a career round. This beats Grace's best round in a major (64, R3 of the 2015 PGA Championship) and also beats his career-best round on the PGA TOUR (63, R1 of 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions). With four top 5s already on his major championship resume, he will now try to clear his emotional palate and make a Sunday run at his first major title.
Jul 22 - 10:25 AM

Fuelled by four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the West Course's back nine, Branden Grace hoisted up a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in round three of the BMW PGA Championship to book his place in the final group on Sunday.

At 7-under 209, the South African is just one shot behind leader Andrew Dodt of South Africa. Grace got off on the wrong foot with an opening bogey but retrieved the shot with a birdie at No. 4 for the third straight day. He again wiped out a bogey at 6 with a circle at 7 but another shot went at the par-4 9th, leaving the 29-year-old over par for the day. With everyone struggling, Grace remained very much in the mix and he then made his move with red numbers at 10, 11, 12 and 14 to hit the front on 8-under. No. 16 has caused him trouble all week and Grace bogeyed it for the third time to drop one back and he also missed a golden birdie chance at 17 and a decent one at 18. No matter, that's a job well done and the bookies make him favorite to get the job done tomorrow and secure his eighth European Tour win.
May 27 - 12:15 PM

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

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