Branden Grace shoots first ever major championship round of 62

23 July, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Dustin Johnson

"You should do something similar, and it doesn't always work that way". "And I was like, 'What are you talking about?'" His caddie, Zack Rasego, had to tell his boss he shot 62 after he putted out on the last hole. Everyone watching the tournament knew the stakes of Grace's round, but the jovial South African claimed he was oblivious about his record-setting pace.

He said: "I think it helps I didn't know".

Grace even admitted in his post round interview that he had no idea of the history he had just made, "I didn't know on 18 what was going on".

"I thought if I could make a couple more on the back nine, then it's going to be a great score. And obviously it makes me feel a lot better after the score I shot today".

"Obviously now", Grace said, "it makes the day even sweeter".


Grace not only shot the round of the week, but his eight-under 62 is now the new record for lowest round in major championship history.

Johnson, who presumed the leaders would continue to thrive in benign conditions, felt his chances on Sunday might well depend on the weather - and he could still need a record-breaking final round of 61. One of those was Johnny Miller's 63 in the final round at Oakmont to win the 1973 U.S. Open. "It's a great experience for him; semi-cool for me". Of the 10 63s, there was one past year by reigning champion Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson lipped out with a putt for a 62. Mickelson lipped out for a 62, but settled for second as Stenson won at 20 under. He has just one top-10 on the PGA Tour and another on the European Tour, where he splits his time.

South Africa's Shaun Norris, who went out on his own in the first tee time of the day at 9:20am (0820 GMT), also shot 65 to go level par overall.

The 35th-ranked player in the world picked up three more birdies on 14, 16 and the par-five 17th.

Matt Kuchar is still second, as the two match each other across Royal Birkdale. He two-putted for a tap-in birdie then held his nerve to par the tough finishing hole.

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