After starting the final round five shots off the lead, Grace got to within one shot of Jimmy Walker’s mark after a birdie on No. 13. But a three-putt bogey on No. 16 negated his momentum, and his title chances ended when he rinsed his tee shot on No. 18.
“I thought I hit a good putt out on 16,” Grace said. “I didn’t take advantage of 18. I really had to get aggressive and it backfired. Still managed to make a good par. All in all, it was still a good week and a positive note to finish the major season off.”
Grace shot a 3-under 67 in the final round despite his late stumble and ended the week at 9-under 271.
While that's not enough to win his first major title, Grace feels confident after recording a fourth top-10 finish in his last seven major starts – especially since a triple bogey on No. 1 to start his second round made contending seem unlikely.
“It shows I’m capable of fighting back and playing some great golf today just to finish the way I did,” he said. “A lot of positive to take from it. It was pretty much one of my best ball-striking performances from tee to- green this year.”
“When I tee it up now, I feel I can win a major,” he said. “I think if you are coming into a major with that mindset, you know you are going to do well.”