Grace Scores First PGA Crown
South Africa’s Branden Grace won for the first time on the PGA Tour, bookending rounds of 66 to win the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina, by two strokes over Russell Knox and Luke Donald.
Grace fired a 66-74-69-66 – 275 to finish 9-under. Not bad for a guy who missed the cut at The Masters and hasn’t finished in the top 10 of an event since the WGC-HSC Championship last November.
The win continued an incredible string of play by Grace. He has finished in the top eight of all five events played on the European tour this year.
He was very good throughout his final round on Sunday, recording seven birdies in the first 13 holes to outpace Knox (67) and Donald (71). Knox enjoyed the best round of the tournament, a 7-under 65 on Friday that saw him hit seven birdies in the final 12 holes.
American Bryson DeChambeau, the 22-year-old from Southern Methodist University, finished tied for foruth with a 5-under 279 to earn $259,600. DeChambeau won the 2015 NCAA title and US Amateur Open crown. This was his first PGA paycheck.
World No. 1 Jason Day finished tied for 23rd with a 2-under 283. Day was in contention through two rounds before shooting a miserable 79 on Saturday, racking up seven birdies in the last 10 holes, including four straight.