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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 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

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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

Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, Branden Grace erased a three-shot deficit with a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage to post 9-under 275, good for a two-shot victory over Russell Knox and 54-hole leader Luke Donald.

The South African is a first-time member, though not a rookie, and won in his 51st career start on the PGA TOUR. His previous best was solo third at the 2015 PGA Championship. The 27-year-old, who co-led with Donald after 18 holes, is no stranger to the winner's circle having won seven times on the European Tour, including twice last year and again this year with a successful defense at the Qatar Masters. He began the finale on 4-under (T5) after opening his second RBC in 66-74-69, three shy of 54-hole leader Donald. Grace striped nine (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, circling seven on the card, all from 13 feet or less, to outpace two bogeys. He made key par-saving putts of 7'10" at the 10th and 11'9" on the par-4 16th.
Apr 17 - 6:14 PM

Branden Grace crafted a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in today's third round of the RBC Heritage for a three-day tally of 4-under 209, up 14 on the live leaderboard to T7. UPDATE: With play completed, the South African is in a three-way T5, three back of 54-hole leader Luke Donald.

Grace co-led with Luke Donald after 18 holes with a 5-under 66 but dropped back to T21 after a 3-over 74 in the second round. Making his second RBC appearance after T7 on debut in 2015, he mustered seven (of 14) fairways (for a third consecutive lap), and 10 greens in regulation, recording 3.917 in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 0.620 in strokes gained: putting at last glance. The 27-year-old, a first-time member though not a rookie, exchanged two birdies with two bogeys to turn even, but came to the house in blemish-free 2-under, penciling circles on Nos. 12 (from 11'11"), and a hole-out walk-off 3 from 30 yards away at the 18th. His two squares were a 3-putt from 34'11" at the par-4 sixth and a failed scramble at the par-4 ninth.
Apr 16 - 4:35 PM

Overnight co-leader Branden Grace back-pedaled to a 3-over-par 36-38=74 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to fall 17 places on the live leaderboard to T18 at 2-under 140.

The South African is the second-highest ranked in the field at No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking and finished T7 in last year's tourney debut. He lived up to it with a first-round 66 that featured six birdies to co-lead with Luke Donald after 18 holes. The 27-year-old, a first-time member on TOUR (though not a rookie), mustered but one circle in R2 against two bogeys and a double bogey-5. He hit the same amount of fairways (seven) and improved to 13 greens in regulation, but after gaining 3.475 strokes with the flat stick on Day 1, collapsed to a -0.678 in round two.
Apr 15 - 12:55 PM

Branden Grace pieced together a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during the opening round of the RBC Heritage, grabbing a piece of the early clubhouse lead with Luke Donald.

The South African split just seven (of 14) fairways but still managed 10 greens in regulation. It was a mix of great approach shots and timely putts that got the job done today. Grace circled four birdies on the front nine but it was a 12'11" par-saver at the par-3 seventh that may have been the most crucial hole in terms of building momentum. His lone blemish came at the par-4 16th hole where he missed the green (left) on his approach and couldn't sink an 8'2" putt to save par. Grace finished T7 in his 2015 Heritage debut where he opened with a 1-under 70. He's four strokes ahead of last year's pace and if the putter stays hot then he could find himself in the winner's circle by week's end.
Apr 14 - 5:23 PM

11-seed Branden Grace improved to 2-1-0 with a 5-and-4 shellacking of 32-seed Russell Knox in the first contest decided on Friday at the WGC-Dell Match Play. UPDATE: Chris Kirk defeated Lingmerth 3-and-2 and will face Grace in a playoff to determine who advances, time TBD. UPDATE #2: Grace was eliminated after bogey on the first playoff hole (par-4 first), and Kirk advances out of Group 11 to the round of 16 with a par.

Grace dispatched first-timer Knox (1-2-1) in short order on day three of group play, and never trailed in the match. The 27-year-old, making his fourth straight appearance, was all-square thru the first four holes, but took command after winning holes 5-7, the first two with birdies. Grace now awaits the outcome of the 54-seed Chris Kirk (1-1-0) versus 38-seed David Lingmerth match (the latter having already been eliminated with a 0-1-1 record). If Kirk wins, it'll be Grace v. Kirk in a playoff to see who advances. Grace won his group last year with a 2-1 record before being eliminated by Tommy Fleetwood in the round of 16, exiting with a personal-best T9.
Mar 25 - 2:20 PM

Branden Grace earned his first points of the week following a 4-and-3 win over David Lingmerth during the second day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.

The South African led from start to finish in this one. He drilled a 4'1" birdie on the first and splashed in a 8'9" birdie on the par-4 second hole. Lingmerth fired back with a 21'10" birdie bomb at No. 5 to cut the lead to one. Grace added three more birdies coming in to rack up one of the better rounds of the day. Lingmerth sits at 0-1-1 as he turns his attention to Chris Kirk. Grace will go to battle with Russell Knox in round three.
Mar 24 - 5:25 PM

Branden Grace will be looking to go a few stages further than last year’s decent effort at this week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.

The South African moves to Austin Country Club knowing that he enjoyed the group stage last year, when he toppled Jason Day and Charley Hoffman, whilst losing to Zach Johnson. In the first bracket match he was pegged off by Tommy Fleetwood, but it represented an improvement on his two previous starts which lasted no more than one match. In the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship he reaped 3 wins, 1 half and a loss as he reached the semi finals. Throw in a win and a loss in the Presidents Cup and he has a 7-7-1 career singles record. He’s in Group 11 with Russell Knox, David Lingmerth and Chris Kirk.
Mar 22 - 1:35 PM

World No. 11 Branden Grace authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship for a four-day total of even-par 288, up 23 places on the live leaderboard to T23.

This was Grace's 47th career PGA TOUR start and 12th in the state of Florida and he's finally posted a top-30 finish in the Sunshine State. Along that same storyline, he was making his fifth visit to Trump National Doral with a previous best T35 in his 2012 tourney debut. The first time TOUR member -- though not a rookie -- began his final frame on 4-over (T46) after opening in 73-73-74. He landed just six (of 14) fairways but hit 14 greens in regulation registering a tidy 1.571 putts per GIR and 29 total putts. The 27-year-old augmented an eagle at the par-5 eighth from 8'3" with five birdies, including four straight on Nos. 14-17. He had to drop a 20-footer (for par) on the last to match the low loop in the clubhouse with Justin Rose, but missed and squared his third bogey of the round, all on failed scrambles.
Mar 6 - 3:03 PM

Branden Grace takes a break from international domination, turning his focus on this week's Honda Classic.

The South African arrives with nine straight top 25s under his belt, worldwide. The average OWGR strength of field rating in those events is 282, which is about the equivalent of the AT&T Pro-Am, to put it into perspective. The consistency is notable, regardless of the field depth. Grace finished T71 in his only appearance here at PGA National's Champion Course (2013). He's a much improved golfer since then, and should be on the radar for all gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 24 - 9:15 AM

Branden Grace showed all his class in filing a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to post 14-under 274 and claim a second consecutive Commercial Bank Qatar Masters victory, finishing two shots clear of Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjorn Olesen.

It is his 7th top ten finish in his last eight starts, but a first main tour victory since he won this trophy for the first time 12 months ago - and it was executed in magnificent style in tricky conditions. With the wind causing havoc for the pre-round leader Paul Lawrie, Grace was calmness-under-pressure personified. He circled birdies on 1, 6 and 10 (with a bogey on 5) to first assume the lead and then control it. Arguably his only back nine mistake was failing to make a red number on the short par-4 16th. He sealed the deal with an imperious 280-yard approach to the 18th green and two-putted for a final birdie. "I just grinded it out," he told Sky Sports afterwards. "I needed to stay patient and I did." He is the first golfer to successfully defend the Qatar Masters title and it is his 7th European Tour title in 144 starts.
Jan 30 - 8:40 AM

Last year's winner Branden Grace grinded early and flourished late in a third-round 4-under-par 35-33=68 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Friday to move up to T2 with 18 holes to play.

Grace isn't giving up the trophy without a fight and kept a bogey off his card today with 6-for-6 scrambling stats after missing a third of the greens and splitting just 5 (of 14) fairways. At 11-under 205 he's two shots behind leader Paul Lawrie and will join the Scot in the final three-ball on Saturday along with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who is also at -11. After opening with a birdie, Grace got into par mode and reeled off 14 straight. He finally put some red on his card with a birdie at 16 and added two more at 17 and 18. That run of three closing birdies saw him jump nine spots on the day and arrive in great position to win this title for the second year running.
Jan 29 - 9:00 AM

South Africa's Branden Grace had two holes of this third round to complete on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; he made bogey-birdie for a 6-under-par 32-34=66 and a 54-hole 10-under total of 206.

The South African is part of a five man scrum for third, one shot shy of Joost Luiten and three swings adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. Grace made seven birdies, in addition to that one bogey on 17, in round three, just as he did in round one. The 2-over 74 in between cost him an even better position with 18 holes to play. He needed just 26 putts in round three, an improvement of five on round two. A winner in the desert at Doha last year, Grace is seeking to improve on his previous best at Abu Dhabi GC - a T5 in 2013.
Jan 23 - 9:27 AM