When Branden Grace won four times in his rookie year on the European Tour in 2012 it looked like things couldn’t get any better for him, but is shaping up to be an even bigger season for the 28-year-old.
In his 10 starts in Europe this year he’s won twice and put in a further five top-20s, and he’s ranked 29th in the world, all of which makes him a hot contender for this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
“I’ve been playing well for pretty much the whole season. It’s good to be back on a links style course again, and I’m sure by tomorrow it will all kick in again and we’ll get going,” he said.
In 2013 he was runner-up to Phil Mickelson at Castle Stuart Golf Links and this week he’ll look to go one better at the new venue – Gullane Golf Club.
“This is something else,” said Grace. “Around this place it’s all strategy. You have to be on top of your game and hit it into the right position. If you hit errant shots you’ll be penalised, so you have to stay patient and take the birdies when they come.”
Links golf is clearly a strong suit for Grace, who plays out of The Links at Fancourt and recently tied for fourth at the US Open. He won the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and has always been able to take the good with the bad, which is crucial when the Scottish weather rolls in.
“The golf course is in great condition and the greens are superb,” said Grace. “It’s not playing the longest, but I’m sure that will change with the wind over the next few days. The weather doesn’t look too bad for the next couple of days, but I’m sure the breeze will come up and give us some trouble.”