Grace gunning for victory in Perth

10/16/2013 9:17:00 AM
Branden Grace   (Getty Images)
Branden Grace (Getty Images)

Branden Grace would like to convert his consistent form this season into a tournament victory at this week's ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The South African claimed an incredible four European Tour titles in a memorable 2012 to finish sixth on The Race to Dubai.

Despite not yet winning this campaign, Grace still finds himself seventh in the standings a week before the inaugural Final Series.

“I've been finding I've been playing very steady, very solid,” said the 25 year old, who has had five top-ten finishes this year, including being runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“Although I haven't had a win, I've been close.”

Asked about his chances this week, Grace added: “I think it's pretty good. Everything just depends on how they set up the golf course. It's either going to play into your hands or it's not. 

“I think a big key on this golf course, what I've seen the last couple of days is just going to be patience, because you're going to get some bounces that go your way and you're going to get some bounces that don't go your way. 

“Course management is also a big thing this week; there's a couple of sucker pins out there, especially with these greens being so elevated in certain parts of it, so you're really going to have to position yourself well on spots on the green where you can give yourself chances.

“I feel the golf game is good. Like I said, it's just a matter of making a couple of putts and really giving yourself the opportunities.”

Grace arrived early in Perth to try and shake off any jet-lag before teeing off on Thursday, and he has been impressed by what Lake Karrinyup has to offer.

“I actually got here late Friday evening, so the jet lag and everything is out of the way and ready to go,” he added.

“Obviously I had a good week at The Presidents Cup - the form was there. Obviously those guys just killed us on the greens, but the form is there and I feel like I'm playing well again. 

“So it’s just a matter of a couple of putts going in and that's going to be the difference from shooting 69s to 65s.

“I came out on Monday and yesterday and played nine holes each - it's great.

“It's everything everybody said it's going to be. I'm sure that there's a couple of surprises around the corner for us waiting, especially drying the greens out in the fairways and things like that, so it should be a good test. 

“I'm hoping to maybe get down to do something on Friday after I play in the morning, go out to explore Perth a little bit. I've never really seen all of the wildlife here, the kangaroo and those things. I really want to go to a place where I can go and see them and maybe hang out a little bit.”