Florida - South African Branden Grace is
gearing up for a "hectic" start to this week's Players Championship
after being grouped with world No 1 Jason Day and second-ranked Jordan Spieth
for the first two rounds at the TPC Sawgrass.
Grace, who landed his first PGA Tour
victory at the RBC Heritage last month, is scheduled to tee off with Australian
Day and American Spieth from the 10th tee at 14:43 in Thursday's opening round.
"We all know each other's games so it
should be fun," Grace, 27, told Golf Channel on Tuesday while preparing
for the PGA Tour's flagship event which is permanently held at its headquarters
in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
"I haven't played with Jordan since
the US Open last year and I played with Jason in a practice round at Augusta (for
last month's Masters). Great guys, but we all play a totally different game out
Asked how he would cope with the huge
galleries expected to follow the marquee grouping at the TPC Sawgrass, Grace
replied: "By just trying to stay in your own bubble and play your own
"Obviously it's going to be hectic,
it's going to be rough out there and the crowds are going to be big. But I am
playing with two great players so it's exciting times.
"You learn from these experiences so
hopefully I can take the most out of it and take that into future things."
Grace, a seven-times winner on the European
Tour, has already learned well from his limited tournament appearances over the
past two seasons on the PGA Tour.
Last year, he signalled that he was a force
to be reckoned with when he placed third at the PGA Championship after tying
for fourth at the US Open just two months earlier.
Then last month, he finally clinched a long
expected first victory on the US circuit with a final-round master class at the
RBC Heritage to triumph by two shots.
"It's been great," said Grace,
who closed with a superb five-under-par 66 at the Harbour Town course on Hilton
Head Island. "I've been playing well and Hilton Head was just the cherry
on top of the cake.
"I know that I can win and now it's
just trying to push on from here."