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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 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

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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

Branden Grace will get his first look at Riviera Country Club as he prepares for this week's Genesis Open.

This week's classical par-71 layout is not known to be kind to first-timers. One thing that Grace does have going for him is the familiarity with the grass types. The rare kikuyu grass found on the fairways and rough at Riviera CC is actually the norm back home in South Africa. That should provide Grace a bit of comfort this week, but even the most savvy of veterans never truly feel comfortable at Riviera CC. It's a tough track to tackle, but Grace might be up for the task this week. To open the season he has eased his way in, playing in three no-cut events before finishing T13 at the Sony Open.
Feb 15 - 9:45 AM

Branden Grace gets his first taste of Kapalua Resort this week as he preps for the SBS Tournament of Champions.

The South African found his way into the field with a win at the RBC Heritage. He's collected seven career wins on the European Tour but this was his first in the States. The 29-year-old played a career-high number of events last year (18) and with status locked up through 2017-18, he'll have the luxury again of deciding how many times he wants to tee it up on the PGA TOUR versus the Euro Tour. The Plantation Course at Kapalua has some tricky, slow-looping greens so Grace will need to figure those out quickly if he wants to bring home another trophy by week's end.
Jan 2 - 8:10 AM

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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:29:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 07:51:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:00:00 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.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 03:10:00 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.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 06:05:00 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.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 07:49:00 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.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 05:16:00 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.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 09:48:00 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.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 08:44:00 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.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 04:58:00 PM