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Emotional Grace felt late father's guidance in Puerto Rico triumph

By Russell Greaves
Branden Grace

Rio Grande, March 1: Branden Grace believes he was guided to victory at the Puerto Rico Open by his late father as the South African secured an emotional triumph.

Grace holed a chip-in eagle from the bunker at the 17th and closed with a birdie to finish on 19 under, one stroke ahead of Jhonattan Vegas.

The 32-year-old's PGA Tour success on Sunday comes after his dad died with coronavirus in January.

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"My old man passed away not too long ago, and he always said I'm an aggressive player and I knew he was watching over me," Grace said following his final-round 66.

"It was good. I was just able to hit the shots that I needed. I just stayed in the moment, in the zone. I played the right shot at the right time. I got aggressive.

"I spoke to my wife today and she said that my dad's watching over me and he'll give me the guidance I needed, and he did."

Home hope Rafael Campos, ranked 666th in the world, finished in a tie for third after shooting a closing 70.

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Story first published: Monday, March 1, 2021, 4:30 [IST]
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