Grace sails below par in windy Genesis Invitational

Feb 21, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Although the third round of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational at Pacific Palisades in California is yet to be completed, Branden Grace was one of only 12 players in a post-cut field of 67 to record an under-par round on Saturday.

He carded a one-under 70 to climb into a share of 15th, but some of the players who were in contention at the halfway mark on Friday still have as many as six holes to complete after the third round was suspended due to darkness, after a near four-hour delay was enforced with some crashing debris and balls moving on greens.

Grace started in a hurry, making three birdies in the opening four holes, but, as conditions got ever more difficult, he dropped three shots in a row fromsix to eight to turn in level-par 35. That would prove to have been a pretty good effort as he made four birdies and three bogeys on his homeward nine as the wind made consistency impossible to achieve and scoring even more so.

Halfway leader Sam Burns still topped the leaderboard at 10-under for a two-stroke edge over Matthew Fitzpatrick, but he was at two-over for his round through 13 holes after opening rounds of 64 and 66. Fitzpatrick, by way of contrast, was the best scorer of the day on three-under though 17.

Most of Grace’s bogeys came when he missed the fairway off the tee, or missed the greens on his approach, indication just how difficult the wind was making things.

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