Grace wins LIV Golf Portland with final round 65

Branden Grace’s heroic final round 7-under 65 has earned the South African his first-ever LIV Golf win at the at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland on Saturday.

It was the Grace’s second consecutive final round success having leapt into a share of third place at LIV Golf London thanks to a 5-under 65.

The 34-year-old secured $4 million for his 13-under win, as well as a 25% share of the $1.5 million second-place team prize won by Stinger GC, for a total of $4.375 million in Portland and $6.4 million across his opening two events.

“I played with DJ at London, as well, on the Sunday and played really nicely, and just kind of found a groove,” said Grace. “I’ve been feeling really comfortable. I’ve been hitting the shots that I see and things like that, and that’s really important and gives you the confidence.”

“Today was nothing different. From the first hole I hit the ball great. I made a couple of nice putts when it mattered, and obviously things go your way when you win a golf tournament.”

Branden Grace Branden Grace (Credit: Asian Tour)

Second round co-leader alongside Dustin Johnson, Carlos Ortiz finished two strokes back on 11-under following a final round 3-under 69, with Patrick Reed (67) and Johnson (71) sharing third place on 9-under.

Matt Jones was the best of the Australians in equal 16th with three consecutive rounds of even par 72.

Travis Smyth (T29), Wade Ormsby (T35), Blake Windred (T44) and Jed Morgan (48) rounded out the only other Aussies in the 48-man field.