Players Championship 2016: Confident Branden Grace ready for big summer


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Branden Grace has targeted success in the remaining majors this year as he prepares for the Players Championship.

The South African heads to TPC Sawgrass for the unofficial ‘fifth major’ on the back of claiming his maiden PGA Tour title at last month’s RBC Heritage.

That victory helped him prove to himself and others around him that he can finish the job at the highest level.

It also allowed him to continue his momentum after finishing in a tie for fourth at the US Open and third outright at the US PGA Championship in 2015.

Winning the game’s biggest events is now on his agenda and the prestige of being crowned the Players’ champion cannot be underestimated.

Grace is currently 34.00 to win at Sawgrass, with Rory McIlroy leading the betting at 7.00 ahead of Jordan Spieth (10.00).

The world number 11 undoubtedly feels more confident since getting over the line at the Heritage and is now keen to continue his good form.

Having also won in Qatar this year, the 27-year-old believes his game is improving all the times and believes his recent win can set him up for a big summer.

“The majors are big things,” Grace told the Sunshine Tour’s official website. “But, like I said earlier, people don’t remember the thirds and fourths, they only remember the wins.

I really wanted to get that first win over in the United States and this is great now.

“I’ve been playing well and if I could just get to put all the aspects of my game together then I knew it might happen sooner than I think.”

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