South African golfer Branden Grace reveals his father Peter has died following month-long battle after contracting coronavirus
- South African golfer Branden Grace revealed on Thursday that his father died
- Peter Grace contracted coronavirus and succumbed after a month-long fight
- Brandon wrote: ‘He was a rock in my life and I am going to miss him dearly’
South Africa’s Branden Grace has revealed that his father Peter has died after contracting coronavirus.
Grace, who recorded the first 62 in men’s major championship history in the 2017 Open Championship, wrote on Twitter: ‘A few days ago, we sadly lost my father Peter after a month-long battle with Covid-19.
‘Words cannot describe the loss and heartache we feel. He was a rock in my life and career and I am going to miss him dearly. I will be taking some time off to be with family. Stay safe.’
Branden Grace revealed his father has died following a month-long fight against the illness
Grace shared this image with his father on the left and included a hopeful verse from the bible
Grace made the announcement to his 50,000 followers on social media and there were a number of responses from fans with messages of condolence underneath.
More than a third of all Covid cases in Africa have been in South Africa and unlike a number of other countries, they are yet to begin the vaccination programme.
One of the mutations of the illness originated in the country and there have been almost 40,000 deaths in total since the start of the pandemic.
Grace is taking some time away from golf to be with his family following his father’s death
Grace’s father is another tragic victim among those statistics and the grieving son is to take time off from the PGA tour.
The 32-year-old has one PGA tournament victory to date having made his breakthrough on the circuit back in 2012 and he has nine European tour wins to his name.
Grace’s most famous round was the remarkable 62 he shot in July 2017 at the Open Championship.