Branden Grace
Branden Grace
32-Year-Old Golfer
Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 8/13/2020
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
Tests positive for COVID-19
Illness
August 1, 2020
Grace withdrew from the Barracuda Championship prior to Saturday's third round after testing positive for COVID-19. He will need to self-isolate for 10 days and test negative for the coronavirus before he's cleared to return to competition.
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This is devastating news for Grace in multiple ways. Not only is he forced to withdraw from the Barracuda Championship after entering the weekend tied for second place, but the 10-day isolation period will keep the South African out of next week's PGA Championship field at TPC Harding Park. Ideally, Grace will produce a negative test in the next couple weeks and look to get a few competitive rounds in prior to the U.S. Open in mid-September.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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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Returning for Memorial Tournament
July 10, 2020
Grace (undisclosed) is listed in the player field for the Memorial Tournament.
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Drops out of field
July 4, 2020
Grace has dropped out of the field for the Workday Charity Open, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Struggles Sunday to finish T19
June 14, 2020
Grace carded a three-over 73 on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish nine-under and tied for 19th.
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Sitting 74th in OWGR
April 2, 2020
Grace is currently 74th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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Top-10 in Scottsdale
February 4, 2020
Grace closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish 11-under and tied for ninth.
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