33 Facts About Branden Grace


Branden John Grace was born on 20 May 1988 and is a professional golfer from South Africa who currently plays for LIV Golf.

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Branden Grace formerly played on the European Tour, the PGA Tour, and the Sunshine Tour.

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On 22 July 2017, Branden Grace became the first man to record a sub-63 score in a major when he shot a 62 in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

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Branden Grace won the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2006.

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Branden Grace played on the Challenge Tour in 2007 which is Europe's second-tier tour.

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Branden Grace only played in eight events but recorded two top-ten finishes.

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Branden Grace finished 35th on the Challenge Tour's Order of Merit while recording three top-10 finishes including finishing in a tie for second at the Ypsilon Golf Challenge.

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Branden Grace then earned his European Tour card for 2009 through qualifying school.

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In 2009, Branden Grace struggled on the European Tour but finished in a tie for second at the Africa Open on the Sunshine Tour, behind winner Retief Goosen.

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Branden Grace finished in the top 10 in seven of the nine Sunshine Tour events that he played in en route to an 11th-place finish on the Order of Merit.

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Branden Grace picked up his first professional win in 2010 at the Coca-Cola Charity Championship on the Sunshine Tour.

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Branden Grace went back to qualifying school to earn his European Tour card for 2012.

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Branden Grace then won the Volvo Golf Champions the following week to make it back-to-back European Tour victories, beating his veteran compatriots Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff with a birdie on the first hole.

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Branden Grace became the first player since Fred Couples in 1995 to follow his first victory with another consecutively.

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Branden Grace became only the third South African to win three times in a single season, joining Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

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Branden Grace became only the second player in European Tour history to win three times in the season after graduating from qualifying school.

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On 7 October, Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour title and fifth worldwide title of 2012 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Branden Grace broke the scoring record at the tournament to win at 22 under par, two strokes clear of Thorbjørn Olesen.

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Branden Grace moved to third in the Race to Dubai and to a career high 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Branden Grace capped off a highly successful 2012 season by winning the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.

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Branden Grace had a less successful season in 2013, finishing 18th on the European Tour's Race to Dubai, his best finish being second in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open where he lost in a sudden-death playoff to Phil Mickelson.

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In December 2014, as part of the 2015 European Tour season, Branden Grace won his fifth European Tour event, and first since 2012, at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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Branden Grace won the event by 7 strokes from fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen.

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Branden Grace soon followed this up with his second win of the 2015 season with a win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in January 2015.

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Branden Grace finished with a final round 71, and a tied for 4th position.

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At the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Branden Grace placed in the top-five for the second time in his career at the major championships, when he placed third.

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On 30 January 2016, Branden Grace defended his Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title for his seventh victory on the European Tour.

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Branden Grace finished two strokes ahead of Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjørn Olesen, after shooting a three under round of 69 on a day when he started two back of leader Paul Lawrie.

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Branden Grace became the first player to successfully defend the tournament.

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Branden Grace was able to play on the PGA Tour in 2016, in the "Top 125 Non-member" category.

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On 17 April 2016, Branden Grace claimed his first PGA Tour victory at the RBC Heritage after shooting a final round 66.

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In November 2017, Branden Grace won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, North West province, South Africa.

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In January 2019, Branden Grace started working with Scottish caddie, Craig Connelly.

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