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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 17 Branden Grace

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 17: Branden Grace

Born: May 20, 1988, Pretoria, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 0 (7 on European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,471,160 (69th) | World Ranking: 12

Gary Williams' Take: Grace ended 2014 82nd in the world rankings and ended 2015 14th, having since risen to 12th. He is becoming a regular major championship contender as he showed by finishing tied for fourth at the U.S. Open and third at the PGA Championship. The question that remains: Will the lion’s share of Grace’s schedule be played on the European or PGA Tour? He has vaulted ahead of fellow South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in the world rankings and has stood tall in big moments. Grace’s biggest challenge is finding the right balance between being a global player and peaking for the biggest tournaments, which, with few exceptions, are in the United States.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 15
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – Cut
    U.S. Open – T4
    British Open – T20
    PGA Championship – 3
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T18 (2013)
    U.S. Open – T4 (2015)
    British Open – T20 (2015)
    PGA Championship – 3 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 4
Missed Cuts: 5

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