Dustin Johnson shoots 64 but misses out on record-equalling round

Mandy Carr
July 23, 2017

The Pretoria-born player has previously had four top-five finishes at majors, including a third place at the PGA Championship in 2015.

After teeing off in the afternoon, leader Jordan Spieth picked up three birdies on the front nine to move to nine under par - with the prospect of more to come.

"Let's get this out of the way: I didn't know what was going on on 18, I promise you, " Grace said.

"It feels great. It was a special round from the start", Grace told British broadcaster Sky after sinking the final putt.

Interestingly, none of the six players who shot a third-round 63 in a major went on to win the tournament.

When Phil Mickelson missed a 62 by fractions at last year's Open, with a last-hole lip-out, he claimed to have been denied by malevolent outside forces - a local Troon curse, perhaps, or a hidden greenkeeper's hand.

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The round also broke Jodie Mudd's course record of 63, set in the final round of the Open in 1991. "I didn't always hit it the closest, but I gave myself the chances and that's all you need to do on a golf course like this". He made eight birdies with no bogeys to become the first player to shoot a 62 in the 442 major championships contested.

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. Like I said, I am putting well, I'm feeling good about the putting. Grace will be in position to make some noise on Sunday if he can put together another impressive round.

Shaun Norris, playing with a marker after making the cut on the number, shot a 5-under-65 on Royal Birkdale, setting the pace for what could be a day of low scoring.

Shortly after Branden Grace shot his 62, Dustin Johnson flirted with a record low himself. Miller dinged the accomplishment in what was more than a backhanded compliment, pejoratively referring to the easier U.S. Open setup in Wisconsin as a "Greater Milwaukee Open".

"You're in the history books", Rasego said.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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