Branden set for a closing flourish

SA Open Championship: Round 4Branden Grace will begin his maiden season on the PGA Tour at this week’s CIMB Classic, and if the previous season is anything to go by then he’s destined to excite.

The 28-year-old has competed at the highest level throughout 2015, capping off four top-10s on the PGA Tour with a share of fourth at the US Open and sole third at the PGA Championship.

“The US Open was a big step for me, and I think everything has just kind of fallen into position after that. I’ve been more relaxed this year than I’ve ever been, and I think it’s worked,” he said.

“This week it’s a great golf course, a new season, and my first event of the year, so I’m excited to get started,” he added.

The six-time European Tour winner was also the star of The Presidents Cup and became only the fifth player to win all five of the points available to him.

The Fancourt local honed his game at the coast and is deadly with his irons, which is a valuable asset at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club, host of this week’s $7-million tournament.

“This is only my second visit to Malaysia. I think it’s a ball striker’s golf course and if you can get it going, hit the fairways, hit the greens, then you’ll do well around this place.

“The greens are tough. Everybody is going to miss putts, and everybody is going to make putts. But the golf course is in great nick,” he said.

Grace is about to head into a busy stretch, which also happens to be the perfect stage for him to cap off a stellar season with even more magic.

“I think I’ve almost got seven in a row coming in now, so it’s a hectic part of the season for us, but it’s been a great year. I’m excited to start the new season here at the CIMB and then hopefully get things going with a strong week,” he said.

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