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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 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

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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

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."
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 08:44:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:01:00 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.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 08:16:00 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).
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 09:07:00 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.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 05:39:00 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.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:41:00 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.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 02:31:00 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.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 02:16:00 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.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:25:00 AM