Branden Grace
Branden Grace
33-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Grace's first official season on the PGA Tour was a rousing success. During the 2016 season, Grace picked-up his first victory on the PGA Tour and fell just short of $3 million in earnings. In the three years since, he's been remarkably consistent, but he's failed to even come close to the numbers that he posted during his rookie season. Grace typically plays around 20 events on the PGA Tour each season, which makes it difficult to see a big bump unless he wins somewhere along the line. It's tough to forecast a win from someone who is typically in this range on the FedEx list, which means he's not a great salary cap option this season. Read Past Outlooks
Climbs leaderboard Sunday
June 20, 2021
Grace jumped into a share of seventh place after firing a four-under 67 in the final round of the U.S. Open.
Grace's 67 tied Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed for the low round of the day, which was highlighted by a clean card with four birdies and zero bogeys. Unfortunately, a rough back-nine on Saturday with four bogeys kept him too far back heading into the final round. Grace has had a resurgent year that now includes consecutive top-10 finishes.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In 2016, Grace picked-up a win at the RBC Heritage, and top-5s at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. As a European Tour regular, who played just around the minimum number of events on the PGA Tour to stay eligible, it was about the best anyone could have hoped for out of him. In the two years since, Grace has not won, nor has he finished in the top-5 at a major, which is why his earnings have dropped each season. Grace is a fine golfer, who has the World Golf Ranking that allows him access to the biggest events, but unless he's going to win or contend at a major, his upside will be limited. As such, his value as a salary cap option is not nearly as high as his value in other formats.
With just more than $1.3 million in earnings and only two top-10s, it was certainly not a great year for Grace, but there is a lot of opportunity here. Grace earned more than $2.8 million during the 2015-16 season, so the upside is certainly there and his World Golf Ranking is currently 37th, which means he'll have access to the biggest events next season. All of which adds up to a nice salary cap option this season. Grace is not a workhorse on the PGA Tour, but he did up his events played from 18 to 20 last season, so if he's in that neighborhood again this season, he should easily top his number from last season.
In his first full year on the PGA Tour, Grace not only doubled his previous high earnings number, but he also picked-up his first win and possibly more impressive, finished in the top-10 in 33% of his starts. Entering last season, Grace was a sneaky-good selection in salary cap leagues because his price was just below $1.5 million. That's not the case this year though as his price is nearly doubled heading into this season. As such, he's no longer a good salary cap option, but does provide value in a draft league -- somewhere in the fourth round.
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Headed to Torrey
June 14, 2021
Grace (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's U.S. Open.
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Not playing Congaree
June 7, 2021
Grace has withdrawn from the field at this week's Palmetto Championship, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Bounces back with top-5 finish
June 6, 2021
Grace shot a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament to finish in solo fourth place.
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Slated to play Memorial Tournament
May 31, 2021
Grace (back) is listed in the field for this week's Memorial Tournament.
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Wins in Puerto Rico
March 1, 2021
Grace fired a six-under 66 on Sunday en route to a 72-hole score of 19-under-par, winning the Puerto Rico Open by one stroke over runner-up Jhonattan Vegas.
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