British Open: Branden Grace shoots 62 to break 44-year-old record

Herbert Rhodes
July 23, 2017

Grace became the first man in major championship history to shoot 62 with magical eight-under-par round on Saturday.

Grace's round, the lowest in the history of the majors, saw him move from four over par overnight to four-under.

Justin Thomas was the latest to post 63 - at US Open venue Erin Hills last month - while Phil Mickelson and eventual victor Henrik Stenson both shot such a score in last year's Open at Royal Troon. "I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn in five-under was pretty special", he said.

BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows.

"I knew I was playing well and I was just in the zone. Definitely a couple of shots there (went missing) on the last couple of holes". "If I can do that tomorrow, then I should be able to give myself a chance at it". The bottom line is, Grace made history in the pressurized crucible in a major.

On the front nine, Grace, a native of South Africa, shot his age - 29 - and he did not look back for the rest of his eight-under round. And just last month, Justin Thomas finished with a 63 in round three of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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Spieth, the world number three and twice major champion, will tee off in the final group out with fellow American Matt Kuchar who trails him by two shots.

Grace said Birkdale is "in immaculate condition" and "the best that I've seen any golf links in". "So obviously now it makes the day even sweeter".

The seven-time European Tour victor who has already come close to winning a Major in the last three years, produced a ideal round of golf on the links layout in good scoring conditions.

By the 10th hole he was under par for the tournament after making birdie at four, five, nine and ten. It was a special round from the start and I just wanted to make more birdies.

"It is always hard to follow a good round, because you go out with the same expectations that you are playing well", Grace said.

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