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Branden Grace

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Branden Grace will bid for a second win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa when he pegs it up again at Leopard Creek this week.
The World No. 16 captured this trophy in 2014 after riding the slingshot of an opening 62 to the finish line and winning by seven. And yet Grace finds himself only second favorite in the betting markets this week. That's because the other three editions in the last four years have been won by Charl Schwartzel (2012, 2014, 2015). The two South African big guns have been paired together for the opening two rounds of this 2017 season opener, with Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal making up the three-ball. As well as his victory, Grace was also T12 in this tournament in 2013 and T8 when defending last year. After a career-high third place on the Race to Dubai in 2015, the seven-time European Tour winner backed it up with seventh last season after posting eight top 10s in 16 starts, including a victory in the Qatar Masters. If Grace hits the top of the leaderboard this week, he'll be very hard to shift as he's one of the best front-runners in the game. Nov 30 - 12:29 PM

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Branden Grace grafted to card 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, leaving him tied fourth on 5-under 211.

When this event started the 2016 schedule (due to a quirk) Grace finished T4 and he has every chance of repeating that, or maybe even bettering it, despite something of a third round fight against the Gary Player Country Club. He opened with bogey at the 1st (his second of the week) and then added another at the 5th (again his second of the week at that hole). A birdie-4 at the 9th helped, only to give the shot back at the 11th. He was heading for an over-par round but promptly added a hat-trick of birdies at 12, 13 and 14 to transform his aspirations going into the final round. He lies six back of the leader Jeunghun Wang.
Nov 12 - 7:51 AM

Branden Grace enjoyed his second circuit of the Gary Player Country Club, posting 3-under-par 34-35=69 to hit the 36-hole point of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 4-under 140, T8 on the live leaderboard.

The South African has been in a mini-slump since finishing T4 at the PGA Championship. In that spell he is 5-for-8, but crucially has failed to finish higher than T30. The good news is that result was his last, at the HSBC Champions (completed with a solid 67), and he has riden the wave this week. Perhaps he is also taking heart from his T4 finish in this event 12 months ago. Whatever it is, he posted three red numbers on the front nine (at the 1st, 8th and 9th) against just the one dropped shot (at the 5th). Another dropped shot at No. 11 was turned around with birdies at 12 and 14. When he visited the scorer's hut he was T8, four shots behind the on-course leader.
Nov 11 - 11:00 AM

World No. 16 Branden Grace returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur and this week's CIMB Classic after finishing T17 last year on rounds of 67-70-69-67.

The 28-year-old finished 41st in the final FedExCup rankings in 2015-16 in his first season as a member (though not a rookie). In 14 cuts made in 18 events, he posted nine top 25s, six of which were top 10s, highlighted by his break-through win at the RBC Heritage. The South African ended the season with four top 5s, including T5 at the U.S. Open and T4 at the PGA Championship, but wrapped on a bit of a downer, with a missed cut at the Travelers and a MC-T41-T32 run in his FEC Playoffs debut.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 19 - 3:10 PM

Branden Grace takes his first crack at TPC Boston and makes final preparations for his Deutsche Bank Championship debut.

The South African dipped eight spots to 33rd in the FedExCup standings after last week's missed cut (by five) in his Playoffs debut at The Barclays. In his previous start, he was a notable MC at the Travelers as well (as a 14/1 outright). These on the heels of a T4 at the PGA Championship, his fourth top-5 finish in majors the past two years. The first-time member though not a rookie has six top 10s this season in 16 starts, highlighted by his break-through win at the RBC Heritage in his 51st career start. He ranks 15th on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green but 111th in SG: Putting and 124th in Birdie or Better Percentage.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 31 - 6:05 PM

Branden Grace conjured up an even-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the Travelers Championship but at 1-over 71-70=141, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 73 players made the cut on 1-under 139 and will play out of threesomes off split tees on Sat. due to the weather forecast. For his part, Grace, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, missed his second cut at TPC River Highlands in as many appearances. He missed last year's by six (67-77=144). The first-time member though not a rookie arrived off a T4 at the PGA but couldn't carry over the mojo, outpacing four birdies with five bogeys. Others joining the South African with early exits include: 140- Shane Lowry ... 141- 2013 champ Ken Duke; 2011 champ Freddie Jacobson ... 142- Jamie Lovemark; Chad Campbell ... 143- Luke Donald; Brian Harman ... 144- Kevin Chappell ... 145- Colt Knost; Kyle Reifers; 2014 champ Kevin Streelman ... 146- Smylie Kaufman ... 147- J.B. Holmes.
Aug 5 - 7:49 PM

Branden Grace battled to a 3-under-par 31-36=67 in the final round of the 98th PGA Championship to wrap his fifth appearance on 9-under 271, up five spots to T3 and good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Grace finished in a three-way T4, five adrift of champion Jimmy Walker.

The 28-year-old played 27 holes on Sunday. He began the final round on in a three-way T8 on 6-under, five back of 54-hole leader Jimmy Walker. There was no re-pairing between R3 and R4, so the South African played 15 groups ahead of the front-runner. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and circled four birdies on 16 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.813 putts per GIR -- which included a 3-putt bogey-4 at the 16th from 37'4". Grace failed to birdie either of the two finishing par 5s, but did muster a par at the 18th after putting his tee shot into the water. He's right on his career-best finish in a major, solo third in last year's PGA.
Jul 31 - 5:16 PM

Branden Grace authored a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the two-day third round of the 98th PGA Championship to reach 6-under 204, up 15 places to T7 and tied for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead with Webb Simpson.

The 28-year-old was even-par thru nine holes (two birdies, two bogeys) on Saturday, falling six places from his starting spot to T28 when play was suspended. He returned on Sunday to play his inward half in blemish-free 4-under with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, and again on 17 and 18. The South African was in positive territory in all strokes gained categories in R3, buoyed the most by 2.635 SG: Tee-to-Green. He's scheduled to begin his final round at 1:01 p.m. ET.
Jul 31 - 9:48 AM

Branden Grace upped his title bid at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after hoisting up a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round two.

The South African was runner-up at Castle Stuart Golf Links the last time it staged the tournament in 2013 while he moved into the world's top 10 for the first time after T10 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week. Everything pointed to a big challenge and it's panning out that way after he moved to 6-under 138 at the midpoint after seven birdies against two bogeys on Friday. His set included circles at three of the four par 3s (11, 17 and 8). Grace also splashed red at 16, 1, 2 and 6 while his squares came at 14 and 7. On the live leaderboard he's T2 and just a single shot behind leader Danny Lee. He crafted his 67 today after piping 11 (of 14) fairways and hitting 12 greens in regulation. He took 27 putts for the second day running.
Jul 8 - 8:44 AM

Branden Grace finished runner-up the last time the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open was played at Castle Stuart Golf Links and he'll be back this week to try and go one better.

The South African came home in 32 to post 17-under in 2013 and that was good enough for a play-off after Phil Mickelson bogeyed the par-5 18th. But it was the left-hander who found the winning birdie when the pair played it again, leaving Grace as the bridesmaid. He was ranked 32nd in the world at the time but will return this year as a top 10 player for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old nudged up to 10th after following T5 in the U.S. Open with T10 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Also T20 in last year's Open Championship at St. Andrews, Grace secured the fourth of his seven European Tour titles in Scotland when landing the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In form and with a links pedigree, he'll be a popular pick with gamers this week.
Jul 4 - 4:58 PM

Branden Grace ended with a bogey-5 but otherwise styled a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to conclude his fifth appearance on even-par 280, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T10.

The 28-year-old arrived off a T5 at the U.S. Open for his third top-5 finish of the season in 11 starts, joining a T5 at the WGC-HSBC and his maiden PGA TOUR title at the RBC Heritage. He began the final frame on 2-over (T18) after opening in 69-72-71, a distant seven back of 54-hole co-leaders Scott Piercy and Jason Day, but just two shy of the overnight top 10. The first-time TOUR member though not a rookie found eight (of 14) fairways and hit a week-best 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.786 putts per GIR. He circled four against two squares to end the week with 12 birdies and 12 bogeys. Grace's previous best in Akron, Ohio, was T17 last year.
Jul 3 - 5:04 PM

Branden Grace got his week started at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by carding a 1-under-par 35-34=69, currently five off the pacesetter William McGirt.

The South African split seven (of 14) fairways which is actually more than five percent higher than the field average. Given the difficulty to hit the fairways, it's no surprise to see the field hitting just 52.34 percent of greens in regulation. Grace hit 12 greens in regulation (67 percent). From there, he survived the bentgrass putting surfaces to circle four birdies, swallowing three bogeys on the way. Despite the great approach play today, there is a lot of room for improvement on, and around, the greens as the week progresses.
Jun 30 - 6:01 PM

Branden Grace grinded out a 1-over-par 35-36=71 during the final round of the 116th U.S. Open Championship to close out the week at even-par 280.

The South African split eight (of 14) fairways and found 11 greens in regulation. The GIRs were down four, round-over-round, which ultimately caused the scoring decline. He circled three birdies today and the first two were both from inside five feet. The putter was not dreadful but he failed to splash any from long distance. Grace closed out the week at T5 on the leaderboard, his second consecutive top 5 at the U.S. Open. It's also his fourth top 20 over his last five major championship appearances. Grace now owns four top 10s on the season, and continues to make a case for being in the elite tier of golfers, worldwide.
Jun 19 - 8:43 PM

World No. 12 Branden Grace smoothed a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the 116th U.S. Open to post 1-under 209, up 21 spots on the live leaderboard to solo sixth and good for the low round in the clubhouse.

The 28-year-old began his third round on 3-over (T27) after opening his fourth appearance in 73-70. He mustered just six (of 14) fairways but peppered 15 greens in regulation and totaled 29 putts -- down from 32/R1 and 31/R2. The South African went out in bogey-free 2-under, circling the sixth and ninth, and went back-to-back with birdie-3 at 10, all three dropping from inside of 10 feet. He squared the 12th and 15th, but outpaced those with birdies on 13, 16 (from 33 feet) and 18, curling-in a 15-footer for the walk-off 3.
Jun 18 - 8:32 PM

Branden Grace authored a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 8-under 280, up 24 places on the live leaderboard to T5 and good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Grace finished in a four-way T9, four in arrears to champion Charley Hoffman.

Grace was the top-ranked player at the VTO, checking-in at No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was making his third appearance after T79/MDF in 2014 and T30 last year. The 27-year-old, seeking back-to-back wins after breaking through last week in Hilton Head, made a serious run at it -- particularly since he made the 36-hole cut on the number. After posting a 69 in R3, he began the finale tied for 29th. The South African circled four on a bogey-free first half to turn in 32, but stalled out a tad with an inward 1-under 35, erasing bogey-4 at 13 with birdies at 11 and 15. He had two legit scoring chances from inside of 13 feet at 16 and 18 to post a better number but couldn't convert. Despite that, Grace will stick around to see how the leaders on the course fare coming in.
Apr 24 - 4:05 PM