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Branden Grace |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170
College: South Africa

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Branden Grace won the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews and will hope to lift the Claret Jug there in this year's Open.
That Alfred Dunhill win needs a little clarification as he paved the way for victory with a 60 on day one at Kingsbarns. If the event had been decided by the two rounds played at St. Andrews, Grace wouldn't have made the top 10. Nevertheless, the South African has some happy memories of the Old Course and he also closed with a 69 at St. Andrews to finish T25 in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill. Grace's last major start saw him make a bold bid for glory at the U.S. Open before he drove out of bounds on the 70th hole and finished T4 while he warmed up for this year's Open by honing his links skills again with a T17 in last week's Scottish Open at Gullane. The 27-year-old is 4-for-4 in The Open although his best is a T36 at Hoylake last year. He has a 14:56 Thursday tee time with Jim Furyk and Paul Casey. Jul 14 - 8:30 AM

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Overnight co-leader Branden Grace turned in a 1-over-par 35-36=71 after the final round of the 115th U.S. Open and posted 3-under 277, good for a share of fourth place and two shots adrift of the winner Jordan Spieth.

Grace, making his third U.S. Open appearance and 38th career PGA TOUR start, was in the penultimate pairing with Spieth. A six-time winner on the European Tour, Grace showed he was more than capable of the spotlight, covering a single bogey with two birdies at Nos. 9 and 12, moving to 5-under total. The 27-year-old would then bury a 9'9" par putt on the 13th, in one of the more important putts of his life. Grace, firmly in the throws of trying to become the fourth South African to win the U.S. Open saw his championship dreams tilt however, when his tee ball off No. 16 was OB right leading to double bogey. For his efforts and T4-finish, Grace earns exemptions into the 2016 Masters and U.S. Open. His previous career-best on the PGA TOUR was T7 at this year's RBC Heritage and easily surpasses his T51-finish in the 2012 U.S. Open. He also establishes a career-best in a major, eclipsing his T18 at the 2013 Masters.
Jun 22 - 12:08 AM

Branden Grace turned in an even-par 34-36=70 after today's third round of the 115th U.S. Open to post 4-under 206, good for a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

Grace, playing in the penultimate pairing with Dustin Johnson, began Moving Day at 4-under, (T3) and one back of the 36-hole lead. He circled front-nine birdies on Nos. 5 and 8, the latter pushing him into the outright lead at 6-under. The early momentum stalled out however, carding his three bogeys on the round over his next five holes, including at the drivable par-4 12th. The 27-year-old settled himself, adding birdie-2 from 8' at the par-3 15th, his longest conversion of the day. In total, the South African split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation, but required a lofty 33 putts on his round. Grace will play in the penultimate pairing again on Sunday, this time with Spieth.
Jun 20 - 11:23 PM

Branden Grace checked up at the midpoint of the U.S. Open in 4-under-par 69-67=136 and sits just one shot off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It's easy to forget that Grace is only 27 years of age what with his multiple victories worldwide, but that he's contending entering the weekend at Chambers Bay really isn't surprising. He's failed to find only five (of 28) fairways and seven greens in regulation. That precision has yielded two eagles, including a 2 at the drivable, par-4 12th hole in the opening round, and six birdies. Grace has also given back six strokes with bogeys, but it's all about survival in this tournament. Incidentally, this is his 13th start in a major. His only top 35 to date is a T18 at the 2013 Masters.
Jun 19 - 5:43 PM

Branden Grace turns his attention to Chambers Bay for this week's U.S. Open.

The South African arrives in the Pacific Northwest with finishes of T11 or better in three of his last four starts, worldwide. The six-time European Tour winner is always tempting due to his strike-rate overseas. On a closer look, his top win came at an event with a 272 Strength of Field rating via OWGR. That is the equivalent of a low-to-mid tier weak field event on the PGA TOUR.
Jun 17 - 6:29 PM

Branden Grace will take on Wentworth's West Course again when he lines up in the BMW PGA Championship.

This is the South African's fourth appearance in the European Tour's flagship event and he's 3-for-3 so far. His best was a T5 in debut in 2012 and he's since finished T24 and T61 at the English venue. Gamers know they're getting a proven winner in Grace so he offers jackpot potential. This season, he's posted wins in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Qatar Masters while he also had his best result on the PGA TOUR when T7 at The Heritage last month.
May 19 - 6:05 PM

Branden Grace fashioned a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round of THE PLAYERS to post 6-under 138 at the break, good for sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The South African overcame two double bogeys in his opening round with five birdies en route to a 71. Going out with the first threesome off the 10th tee today, he squared three bogeys, but piled up seven par breakers, including an eagle from just inside 12 feet at the par-5 16th hole. His longest conventional conversion measured 13'4" for birdie at the par-5 second, but he also holed out for birdie from the rough from seven yards away at the par-4 12th. This is Grace's second appearance at TPC Sawgrass (T48, 2013), but he arrived having placed T7 at Harbour Town and T9 at the Match Play where he reached the quarterfinals.
May 8 - 12:14 PM

Branden Grace got by Charley Hoffman 2 and 1 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and forced a three-way playoff that includes Zach Johnson.

To cap an impeccably played match, Grace landed his tee ball at the par-3 17th to just 19 inches. He was already 1-up, so Hoffman needed to hole out from the rough to extend. It didn't happen. Neither golfer squared a bogey or worse today. Both found four birdies on the front side and turned all square. Grace took the lead with a birdie-2 at the 13th hole. They traded pars until the clincher. Jason Day, who was the top seed in this group, went 0-3 at TPC Harding Park, so he's the only among the four that has already been officially eliminated. UPDATE: Grace emerged victorious on the third playoff hole. ZJ and Hoffman have been eliminated.
May 1 - 5:57 PM

Branden Grace has decided to focus on next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship instead of giving it a go at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The South African withdrew from the Zurich despite being granted a foreign exemption to compete. With his T12 at the RBC Heritage, he rose three spots to 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking, so he'll be busy enough the next two weeks chasing titles at TPC Harding Park and TPC Sawgrass.
Apr 20 - 12:34 PM

Branden Grace authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage and posted 12-under 272, good for a share of seventh place.

A winner abroad multiple times, Grace finally collects his first top 10 in 35 PGA TOUR starts. It wasn't a walk in the park, however. The 26-year-old South African struggled with his ball-striking all day, finding eight (of 14) fairways and just nine greens in regulation. Fortunately, he went 7-for-9 in scrambling to salvage what could have otherwise been a catapult in the wrong direction. Grace circled four birdies in his first 11 holes against a lone bogey on the par-4 eighth. His round ended in what could only be described as a grind. Starting at No. 13, he missed his final six GIR but managed to save par by one-putting five times.
Apr 19 - 5:12 PM

Branden Grace enjoyed a 5-under-par 35-31=66 for his third round of the RBC Heritage, posting 10-under 203 and sits one stroke off the pace of the 54-hole clubhouse leader.

It was a story of two nines for the 26-year-old South African, playing this week on a foreign exemption. Grace hit just four greens in regulation on his outward half, but his short game sparkled, going 5-for-5 in scrambling including making his only front-nine birdie on the par-4 eighth from four yards off the green. He found new life after the turn, hitting all nine GIR and cashing in birdie chances on Nos. 10, 13, 15 and a 20'5" drop on the par-4 16th. Grace has been impressive in his Harbour Town debut, improving on his score in each of his three rounds.
Apr 18 - 5:05 PM

Branden Grace makes second career start at Valero Texas Open.

Playing this week on a foreign exemption, Grace returns to TPC San Antonio after a T79/MDF in his debut last year. Ranked 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking but not yet exempt into the Masters, he looks to secure that invite this week with a strong showing. A winner in three of his last eight worldwide starts -- twice on the European Tour and most recently on the Sunshine Tour -- Grace is looking to transfer that success to the PGA TOUR. Followed a solo 54th at Doral with a T62 last week at Bay Hill.
Mar 24 - 12:05 AM

Branden Grace secured his fourth consecutive berth into the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship by virtue of the Race to Dubai standings at the conclusion of the Hero Indian Open.

The top 10 in the Race to Dubai gained entry into the limited field at Trump National Doral on March 5-8. Grace hasn't played the European Tour since the Gulf Swing, but he's fourth in the R2D on the strength of two victories. His title at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in his native South Africa on Sunday contributes only to his earnings on the Sunshine Tour, but it's his latest proof that he's a flat-out winner. The other six that weren't previously eligible for the WGC-Cadillac Championship are (* - making his debut at Doral): *Danny Willett (1st in the R2D); *Bernd Wiesberger (6th); *Gary Stal (7th); *Marc Warren (8th); Thongchai Jaidee (9th); Alex Noren (10th).
Feb 23 - 1:21 AM

Branden Grace confirmed his reputation as one of the European Tour's best closers by carding a 6-under-par 35-31=66 to win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace conjured a back-nine 31 to get to 19-under 269 and edge out Scotland's Marc Warren by a shot. With four players tied at the top on 13-under at start of play, the lead was always going to change multiple times in Saturday's final round. It looked as if Grace hadn't come to the party when he followed an opening birdie with 10 straight pars to fall behind. But he birdied 12 and 14 to move back into a tie for the lead and then kicked two clear with a brilliant eagle two at the 16th. Playing in the group behind, Warren caught him with birdies at 16 and 17 but Grace had one last thrust of the sword -- a superb wedge at the last that banked a closing par breaker. Warren couldn't match it, leaving Grace to claim his second title of the 2015 season and sixth European Tour win in total. The 26-year-old is now exempt into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the fourth consecutive time.
Jan 24 - 8:39 AM

Branden Grace overcame two early bogeys to remain tied for the lead with a round to play at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace authored a 4-under-par 35-33=68 on Friday to reach 13-under 203. He sits on that number with fellow halfway leader Bernd Wiesberger along with Scotland's Marc Warren and young Argentine Emiliano Grillo. The quartet are two shots clear of fifth place. Grace birdied the first but fell back to 8-under with successive bogeys at the third and fourth. His response was impressive as he bounced back with birdies at five and six -- two of the harder holes at Doha GC -- before adding par breakers at 10, 13 and 18 to put himself in a four-way tie at the top. Grace led or co-led with a round to play in four of his five European Tour wins so is one of the best closers around.
Jan 23 - 9:06 AM