SHOW­ING GRACE UN­DER PRES­SURE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

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.”

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