Branden Grace shoots 62 at British Open to set majors record

Golfer sets major championship record with 62 at British Open

"I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn in five-under was pretty special", he said.

Saturday was a historic day at Birkdale, and Grace will be remembered as the first to ever shoot a 62 in a major. "I understand that leads can be squandered and quickly, and I also understand you can keep rolling on one".

"Zack came up and said, 'You're in the history books, ' " Grace said.

Asked how he could not have known, he said: "I honestly didn't".

It wasn't the first time that Grace had gone low in a major.

There had been 31 rounds of 63 in the previous 441 major championships, with 10 coming in the British Open including Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson past year at Troon, but never a 62.

But if he does get his hands on the Claret Jug, the 23-year-old could then surpass the record of Tiger Woods as the youngest player to complete a career grand slam in the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August. Indeed, Greg Norman and Vijay Singh each did it twice.




Dufner was among those who had a chance to first break the 63 barrier. Since Johnny Miller shot 63 to win the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club (Pa.), 31 players had rounds of 63 in majors, but Grace broke the barrier in the 442 major championship.

There have been 10 scores of 63 at The Open, with only Jodie Mudd shooting the score at Royal Birkdale.

They found such a lamb that, by the end of the 62, it was wise to wonder how long it might stand alone.

His flawless round came with eight birdies and no bogeys on Saturday, where the weather held for a fairly pleasant day of golf for the players at Royal Birkdale. A 29 going out matched Grace's age. Birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 fixed that. Rasego did, but had said earlier, "I don't do interviews". He took a putter and played a fantastic shot that rolled to the side of the hole. I wish I would have started off better.

Still, you play the ball as it lays, and you play the course as it's laid out.

Others did know. The 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day, having played five groups before Grace, said, "I think this is a good formula to see maybe the first 62 in a major championship".

Two months later and Grace was once again in contention at a major, this time at the PGA Championship, where he finished third and secured a top-five finish for the second time at a major championship. "He never said anything", Grace said.

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