Branden Grace shoots first 62 in a major

Marcus Newton
July 23, 2017

Branden Grace's third-round 62 at Royal Birkdale breaks one of golf's longest-standing standards and vaults the South African into British Open contention.

As a result, Grace went from ho-hum to history.

Asked how it felt to make history, Grace told Sky Sports: "It feels great now - I didn't know to be quite honest". So, I definitely lost a couple of shots there on the last couple of holes.

Grace's feat comes after 31 rounds of 63 had been recorded across the four majors, with Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson having done so at last year's Open. Add it up: eight birdies, 10 pars and zero chance of ever forgetting such a round. 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 16 and 17. It was a special round from the start and I just wanted to make more birdies. "I wanted to finish strong. If you keep it in play, it's nearly hard to make a bogey out there". If winds are down, and the rain helps soften the course instead of blowing in players' faces, then the course will yield birdies. "The Open is the event that I love the most so what a special place to get into the history books".

"The greens are softer, still gettable", he said. "I hit a great wedge in there, just caught a fly, a little bit of a jumper and made it tough for myself". "I just want to get out there again [Sunday] and try to do something similar, just play some good golf". Trying to give the guys a chance to go for it. Things on the 7th, they've moved the tee up 30 yards. "But I think that's why there are low scores out there today". Branden Grace was another shot back after shooting a major championship record 62.

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It is not the lowest score to par in a men's major though, with seven players scoring nine under on par-72 courses.

Yet Grace didn't know he made history.

It seems hard to believe Grace wasn't aware he was about to shoot the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship, especially considering how often it is talked about. "It's like when somebody plays a 70 and you shoot a 59".

On learning from previous experiences in majors: "I've had a five-shot lead in a major and squandered it before".

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