British Open: Branden Grace shoots lowest round in major history

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 24, 2017

The world number 35, who on Saturday became the first man to shoot 62 in a major championship, had to settle for a level-par 70 in the final round.

The list also includes numerous usual suspects - Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Henrik Stenson.

World number one Dustin Johnson believes he will have to shoot much better than his third-round 64 to have any chance of winning the Open.

I certainly don't want it to sound like sour grapes but it's just a fact of life that they get round with irons off the tee these days.

American Johnny Miller was the first player to make 63 in a major, when he won the 1973 U.S. Open.

"It was a special day, to be quite honest", Grace said.

"I didn't know what was going on on 18, I promise", he said.

For the second day running the par-five 15th was the easiest hole as just three players in the 77-man field made bogey.

The one black mark on the day were the morons who keep shouting "Get in the hole".

South Africa's Branden Grace celebrates his birdie on the 14th hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Saturday July 22, 2017. He had to go through the gauntlet and those putts that he made coming in were really strong and he drove the ball terrifically and made the course really easy.

The low scoring continued as McIlroy holed from four feet on the first, chipped in for birdie on the fourth and two-putted the short fifth for another after driving the green, only to bogey the seventh and eighth.

But Li would drain it for four consecutive birdies to finish.

But remarkably Grace insisted he had no idea of what he was about to achieve as he was heading down the 18th.

Grace moved 41 places up the leaderboard but two Australians in Jason Day and Scott Hend moved up 43 places after their respective rounds of 65. The course was defenceless without the wind that all links golf courses need, and the rough is not as punishing as usual due to the lack of growth over the hot summer so far.

Grace's response, he said, was, "What are you talking about?" I've never played in front of that sort of crowd at all over the years.

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