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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Branden Grace
A late-Sunday surge gave Justin Thomas both the title in Tennessee and the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's first major. Justin Thomas, shooting for his second PGA Championship title, heads the list.
Xander Schauffele ended last week on a down note, but as Bryce Danielson notes, his stats provide plenty reason to include him in lineups for this week's contests on Yahoo.
Hideki Matsuyama gets back on the course this week, and Ryan Andrade suggests including him in your FanDuel lineups right away.
Bryson DeChambeau picked up his fourth straight top-5 finish last week, and Greg Vara really likes his chances of recording another high finish at Hilton Head.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
In 2016, Grace picked-up a win at the RBC Heritage, and top-5s at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. As a European Tour regular, who played just around the minimum number of events on the PGA Tour to stay eligible, it was about the best anyone could have hoped for out of him. In the two years since, Grace has not won, nor has he finished in the top-5 at a major, which is why his earnings have dropped each season. Grace is a fine golfer, who has the World Golf Ranking that allows him access to the biggest events, but unless he's going to win or contend at a major, his upside will be limited. As such, his value as a salary cap option is not nearly as high as his value in other formats.
With just more than $1.3 million in earnings and only two top-10s, it was certainly not a great year for Grace, but there is a lot of opportunity here. Grace earned more than $2.8 million during the 2015-16 season, so the upside is certainly there and his World Golf Ranking is currently 37th, which means he'll have access to the biggest events next season. All of which adds up to a nice salary cap option this season. Grace is not a workhorse on the PGA Tour, but he did up his events played from 18 to 20 last season, so if he's in that neighborhood again this season, he should easily top his number from last season.
In his first full year on the PGA Tour, Grace not only doubled his previous high earnings number, but he also picked-up his first win and possibly more impressive, finished in the top-10 in 33% of his starts. Entering last season, Grace was a sneaky-good selection in salary cap leagues because his price was just below $1.5 million. That's not the case this year though as his price is nearly doubled heading into this season. As such, he's no longer a good salary cap option, but does provide value in a draft league -- somewhere in the fourth round.
More Fantasy News
Returning for Memorial Tournament
Drops out of field
Struggles Sunday to finish T19
Grace carded a three-over 73 on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish nine-under and tied for 19th.
Sitting 74th in OWGR
Grace is currently 74th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Top-10 in Scottsdale
Grace closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish 11-under and tied for ninth.