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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 RBC Heritage

Winner: Branden Grace

Around the wider world of golf: Minjee Lee won her second LPGA event at the LOTTE Championship; Andrew Johnston got his first ET win at the Real Club Valderrama Open de España; Woody Austin got his second Champions Tour win in three starts at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic; K.T. Kim got his 11th Japan Golf Tour title at the Token Homemade Cup; Madelene Sagstrom got her first Symetra Tour win at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial; Lyle Rowe got his second Sunshine Tour victory at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open; and Anthony Paolucci got his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win at the 85th Abierto OSDE del Centro.

Branden Grace with RBC Heritage trophy

I'm not the superstitious type. But it seems that, if you want to win the RBC Heritage, you want to be 3-4 shots off the lead after three rounds, not the leader. Five of the last six winners have all come from that far back -- only Carl Pettersson won from the lead, back in 2012. Brandt Snedeker actually came from 6 back in 2011.

This "Leader's Curse" has bitten Luke Donald three times now. At least this time he could see it as a positive, since it means his game is back on track after a rough 2015.

For Branden Grace, however, it's just another example of how he plays. After ten wins worldwide and a couple of Top5s at majors last year, it seemed like just a matter of time before he seized his first PGA Tour win. A tight windy course in Georgia turned out to be just the showplace for his abilities. It probably felt like home for the South African, who's used to playing tough courses at home and in Australia. He said Ernie Els told him that this is an event where he could have multiple wins.

Ernie should know. Branden came through his golf foundation, just like Louis Oosthuizen.

Those of us who watch the European Tour have been impressed by Grace for some time now. He already had a win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters earlier this year, but multi-win seasons have been common for him. And after his great showing at the US Open last year, you now have to pencil him in as a favorite for this year as well.

For Branden Grace it seems that the tougher the course, the better he likes it. I just hope he doesn't mind the ease with which he gets this Limerick Summary...
You want to talk ‘Grace under fire’?
His stock rises higher and higher
With each new event
As his message gets sent:
“Your trophies are MINE to acquire!”
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