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Branden Grace

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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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

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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

Defending champ and World No. 22 Branden Grace birdied three of his final four holes on Moving Day at the RBC Heritage to scratch out a 2-under-par 35-34=69 and a 54-hole total of 5-under 208. UPDATE: Grace closed in 3-under-par 34-34=68 for T11 on 8-under 276, five back of champion Wesley Bryan.

The 28-year-old won his lone PGA TOUR title here last year in his 51st career TOUR start. He opened with 66-74-69, solo 4th thru 54 holes and three back, and closed in 5-under 66 to win by two. He's up to 72 career starts on TOUR now and it's been 15 starts since his last top 10, a T4 at last year's PGA Championship. The South African began in 68-71, T32 on 3-under and seven adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald, and circled five birdies, taking some luster off with one bogey and double bogey-6 at the 12th. He's currently T22 on the leaderboard, up 10 spots, but a distant seven shots shy of the leaders on the course.
Apr 15 - 4:11 PM

World No. 22 Branden Grace returns to Harbour Town Golf Links for this week's RBC Heritage, the site of his 2016 victory.

The South African found himself T21 thru 36 holes last year following rounds of 66-74=120 (-2). He positioned himself inside the top 5 after a 2-under 69 in Round 3 and then came from three off the pace to secure his first PGA TOUR title. His win was largely aided by his short game, gaining 4.59 strokes around-the-green and 5.39 strokes putting on the week. Last year Grace arrived just six starts removed from a win on the European Tour but this time around he's without a top 10 over his last 11 starts worldwide. Grace originally added this event to his schedule on the recommendation of his mentor/friend Ernie Els. That turned out to be a great tip because Grace has proven a perfect fit for the tree-lined track, collecting a T7 and WIN in his first two trips. His form is not in tip-top shape, but he's still worth a long look from gamers this week.
Apr 10 - 8:18 PM

Branden Grace kicked off his 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play campaign with a convincing 4-and-2 victory over Andy Sullivan in round one at Austin Country Club, an encounter in which he was never once in arrears.

The South African 15th seed made five birdies in his round as he overwhelmed the Englishman. If he was handed the early initiative because Sullivan found water prior to conceding the 3rd and lost the 4th to a birdie, he was soon asserting himself in style. His 351-yard drive at the short par-4 5th set up a winning birdie, he holed out from a bunker for another winning red number at the 7th, and stellar approaches at 11 and 14 left him with kick-in par breakers to stretch the lead. Sullivan’s 131-yard fairway bunker shot at 15 settled 2’2" from the flag for a birdie which pulled one hole back but he conceded the par-5 12th and 16th holes by collecting penalties, the last of those proving fatal. Grace will play William McGirt in round two, Sullivan will need points from his scrap with Brandt Snedeker.
Mar 22 - 1:45 PM

Branden Grace withdrew from The Honda Classic following a birdie-free, 7-over-par 36-41=77 in round one. There was no injury cited the time of the WD. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.

The South African swallowed five bogeys and a double bogey without circling a single birdie in his navigation of PGA National's Champion Course. It was his third attempt at The Honda Classic, and he's now 1-for-3 with a T71 in 2013 still his best. There was no reason for the WD provided but we'll update if/when that information becomes available. Grace is currently committed to next week's WGC-Mexico Championship where gamers should be ready to jump back on board, unless an injury becomes apparent. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.
Feb 23 - 5:49 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 17 Branden Grace opened his Genesis Open debut with a bogey-free 4-under-par 31-36=67, T5 on the leaderboard with play still in progress.

The 28-year-old found eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, going 8-for-8 in scrambling. He opened with nine straight pars before getting on the board with eagle-3 at the first (from 19'7"). The South African, 41st in the FedExCup standings last season, dropped a 27-footer from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 second, wrapping up with birdie-3 at seven from 17'5". He missed three scoring tries from inside of 10 feet, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 25 putts total, but made four par-savers from between five and seven feet.
Feb 16 - 5:25 PM