Contemporary from successful the $4 million first prize on the second LIV occasion in Oregon final week, the South African leapt on a aircraft to Edinburgh as quickly as he realised his ban and advantageous had been stayed.
Branden Grace didn’t participate within the authorized motion that allowed LIV Golf gamers into the Genesis Scottish Open – however took benefit of it anyway.
“For me it was a simple resolution,” mentioned the nine-time DP World Tour winner. “I solely heard yesterday that I might play right here, so I flew final night time and obtained on this morning.
“I used to be having a number of weeks off at residence. Clearly I knew what the state of affairs was, with Ian and the blokes trying to open it up.
“I didn’t need to assume twice, didn’t really feel any trepidation. Once they obtained the go-ahead, after I noticed the information the following morning, we reached out.
“And we had been instructed I might play as a result of we’re in the identical boat. What occurred to them would occur to us, they’d deal with us the identical method.”
Grace was crushed in a play-off by Phil Mickelson on this occasion in 2013, and he’s at all times loved the event. He sees nothing flawed with enjoying LIV, and desires to play wherever and each time he needs.
“Hear, we’re all doing it for our private causes,” he mentioned. “I’ve obtained a younger household, I’ve performed on a ‘overseas’ tour my complete life.
“Being from South Africa, whether or not I come and play in Europe, go to play in Asia, America or the LIV league, it doesn’t really feel like there’s any distinction.
“I clearly perceive what the blokes are saying however, for me, there was a chance I felt I couldn’t let slip. And thus far I’ve performed actually good golf as properly.”
He obtained an enormous hug from former Presidents’ Cup workforce mate Cam Smith of Australia when he arrived on the vary, so it’s not all tensions between gamers.
“You already know, we’re all superb mates,” he mentioned. “I’ve performed golf with these guys for a really very long time now.
“You’ll hope that nothing actually modifications in a single day, particularly in such a short time. Thus far it’s been actually good.”