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Name: - Branden John Grace
Country: - South Africa
Born : - May 20, 1988 in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2007

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2013, '15, '17). Multiple wins on the Sunshine and European Tours. Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner (2012). First player to shoot a round of 62 in a men's major championship.


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Grace's early years as a professional were spent honing his skills on the Sunshine Tour and the Challenge Tour (Europe's second tier tour). After earning his 2012 European Tour card at Q-school, Grace immediately set about establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. In January 2012 he won the Joburg Open which was a European and Sunshine Tours co-sanctioned event. The following week he won the Volvo Golf Champions, making it back-to-back wins on the European Tour. In April he notched-up his his third European Tour victory at the Volvo China Open. His fourth European Tour win was on European soil, coming in October at the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. After this remarkable year, Grace had become the first player in European Tour history to win his first four European Tour events in the same year.

In 2017 in the third round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Grace posted a score of 62 ... the lowest ever score in a men's major championship. Prior to his record-breaking round, 31 players had shot a round of 63 in a major, starting with Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.


Top tournaments won by Branden Grace

2017Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC277 (-11)$1,250,000
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 9-12; seventh of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events). Second-placed Scott Jamieson (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Grace (RSA), who became the first home-country winner of "Africa's Major" since 2007. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
2016Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town275 (-9)$1,062,000
Played as the RBC Heritage (Apr 14-17). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng) and Russell Knox (Scot) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Grace (RSA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
2016Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC274 (-14)€381,459
Played as the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Jan 27-30; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) and Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Grace (RSA). [Doha GC, Qatar].
2015Men AfricaDimension Data Pro-AmFancourt278 (-11)R673,625
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb 19-22; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Keith Horne (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Grace (RSA). [Montagu course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA].
2015Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC269 (-19)€353,257
Played as the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Jan 21-24; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Marc Warren (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Grace (RSA). [Doha GC, Qatar].
2014Men AfricaAlfred Dunhill Ch'shipLeopard Creek268 (-20)€237,750
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 11-14; Sunshine/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2015 season). Second-placed Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 7 shots behind wire-to-wire Grace (RSA), who claimed his fifth European Tour win. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
2012Men EuropeAlfred Dunhill Links Ch'shipSt Andrews266 (-22)€617,284
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 4-7). Second-placed Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) finished 2 shots behind Grace (RSA), who recorded his fourth European Tour win of 2012. Grace became the only golfer to win his first four European Tour titles in the same year. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].
2012Men AsiaChina OpenBinhai Lake267 (-21)US$526,675
Played as the Volvo China Open (April 19-22; OneAsia/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed and defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts (Belg) finished 3 shots behind Grace (RSA), who recorded his third European Tour win of 2012. [North course, Binhai Lake GC, Tianjin, China].
2012Men AfricaJoburg OpenRoyal Johannesburg270 (-17)€206,050
Played as the Joburg Open (Jan 12-15; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Jamie Elson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind home-country winner Grace (RSA), who claimed his first European Tour win. [Final round: East Course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
2012Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR2,760,319see Score
2012 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Grace (RSA) with season earnings of R2,760,319. George Coetzee (RSA) was second with R1,930,564; Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) was third with R1,655,987. Charl Schwartzel (RSA) was the Tour's leading money winner with R3,203,886, and Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) won R1.7mill, but both did not play the minimum six tournaments to be ranked in the Order of Merit.
2012Men AfricaVolvo ChampionsFancourt280 (-12)€350,000
Played as the Volvo Golf Champions (Jan 19-22; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Grace (RSA) beat Retief Goosen (RSA) and Ernie Els (RSA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to win his second European Tour title. Grace became the first golfer since Fred Couples (1995) to win his first two European titles back-to-back. [Links course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA].

 

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