Masters hopefuls – Branden Grace

With European Tour victories at the age of 25 Branden Grace is certainly one of the brightest young stars from the Sunshine Tour, which makes his second trip to Augusta something to watch.


Last year the World number 57 began the Masters with a disappointing 78 that meant making the weekend was a huge task for Grace. The young gun responded accordingly and carded 70 on the Friday to make it in on the number.


By Saturday he was ready to take on Augusta and shot 71, which he improved upon with a Sunday 69 that earned him a share of 18th and a top-20 at the most exclusive major.


At ninth in the Race to Dubai and now a firm contender on the European and PGA Tours, Grace is ready to improve on his last trip down Magnolia Lane. This year alone he’s finished as high as sole second at the Volvo Golf Champions, but victory eludes him.


The Knysna local has proven time and again that pressure makes him play best. There are few better places for crunch than Augusta, and come the time for performance Grace is the man to watch.


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