Name:Branden John Grace
Born:May 20, 1988 in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, S Africa.
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.
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.
Played as the Puerto Rico Open (Feb 25-28). Second-placed Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) finished 1 shot behind Branden Grace (RSA), whose final round eagle-birdie finish secured his second PGA Tour win. [Championship course, Grand Reserve GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico].
Played as the South African Open Championship hosted by City of Johannesburg (Jan 9-12; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; first of two South African Opens played in 2020). Second-placed and defending champion Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Grace (RSA), who claimed his first win in his home Open championship. [Firethorn course, Randpark GC, Johannesburg. Earlier rounds also on Randpark's Bushwillow course].
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].
Played as the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Jan 27-30; European Tour event). Second-placed Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) and Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Branden Grace (RSA). [Doha GC, Qatar].
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].
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].
Played as the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Jan 21-24; European Tour event). Second-placed Marc Warren (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Branden Grace (RSA). [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 11-14; Sunshine/European Trs event; European Tr 2015 season). Second-placed Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 7 shots behind wire-to-wire Branden Grace (RSA), who claimed his fifth European Tour win. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
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.
Played as the Volvo China Open (April 19-22; OneAsia/European Tours event). Second-placed and defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts (Belg) finished 3 shots behind Branden Grace (RSA), who recorded his third European Tour win of 2012. [North course, Binhai Lake GC, Tianjin, China].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 4-7). Second-placed Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) finished 2 shots behind Branden 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].
Played as the Joburg Open (Jan 12-15; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Jamie Elson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old home-country winner Branden Grace (RSA), who claimed his first European Tour win. [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
Played as the Volvo Golf Champions (Jan 19-22; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Branden 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].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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