SHOWING GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
Good players tend to grow when put under stressful situations in the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, so it will be worth watching the quality of golf Branden Grace exhibits next year. The steady South African (right) was the man of the match in a losing cause at the Presidents Cup, going 5-0 to become only the second International team player, after Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama in 1998, to achieve that record.
“Coming in and getting five points for the team is pretty big,” said Grace, 27, who paired with Louis Oosthuizen in four matches. “My last Presidents Cup, I was 0-4, so this was a big step up.”
Earlier in 2015, Grace gave Jordan Spieth a tussle until the 70th hole in the US Open at Chambers Bay, and to that T-4 he added a third at the PGA Championship. Grace also won titles on the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, and will have a PGA Tour card for the 2015/2016 season.
“He’s showing that he’s coming into his own,” said International captain Nick Price. “A week like this can mean a lot, to play this well under this kind of pressure. I can see a major in his future very soon.”