AUGUSTA, Ga. – Branden Grace tied for 18th place last year in his first Masters. He hasn’t been particularly consistent this year so, he didn’t necessarily have high expectations at this year’s Masters.
Still, the 25-year-old South African never envisioned missing the cut – until he shot 84 in Thursday’s first round. The round included one birdie, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.
With nothing to lose on Friday, Grace improved his score by 15 strokes and shot 69 on a beautiful day with a heavy breeze. He made four birdies and a lone bogey.
“That’s the thing about golf that doesn’t always go your way,” he said. “Sometimes you get out to events like this and you try too hard. Maybe that was the big reason yesterday. Today was more relaxing play, more like playing with myself. Just one of those things.”
At 9 over par, Grace will easily miss the cut.