SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A late charge up the leaderboard ultimately ran out of steam for Branden Grace at the PGA Championship.
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.”
Grace earned his first PGA Tour title earlier this year at the RBC Heritage, and he believes that an even more prestigious title could still be in his near future.
“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.”