Branden Grace shoots 62 at British Open to set majors record

Rosalie Stanley
July 24, 2017

American Brooks Koepka, the US Open champion, went round in 68 to finish at five under, level with 20-year-old Canadian Austin Connelly who continued his remarkable run at his first major with a 66.

He risked missing out on history when he sent his approach to the 18th long, but a fine putt from the very back of the green allowed him to rescue par. It was only after Grace made his par putt that his caddie, Zack Rasego, told him that he had just played his way into the history books. "And I was like, 'What are you talking about?' Now it makes the day even sweeter", he said.

Jack Nicklaus once said that it would happen some day when he looked ahead to the future of golf, he knew it was inevitable, according to ESPN.

Player's last Open victory, in 1974, came at Royal Birkdale's neighbouring Royal Lytham & St Annes and numerous other South African golfers have achieved their dream of winning a major championship.

Every time anyone comes close to posting 63 in a men's golf major championship, Johnny Miller becomes a part of the story. None of the six players who shot a third-round 63 in a major went on to win the tournament.

He played in last month's U.S. Open but did not enjoy the experience, shooting 82 and 84 in the last two rounds to finish bottom of the field by seven strokes, on 22 over par.

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Royal Birkdale opened in 1889 and is one of the game's most celebrated links courses - with two nines fanning into the sandhills of Southport, overlooking the Irish Sea.

At that point, Li felt the pressure come on. Add it up: eight birdies, 10 pars and zero chance of ever forgetting such a round. "And I could see he wasn't backing off", said his playing partner Els, who shot 74 to end on 5-over. "For some reason since hole No. 8 I just start holing everything", Li told reporters. "Today was just a bonus day really". Grace was only thinking about trying to get through the third round without a bogey.

"You still have to do it out there", said Grace, who said par felt more like 67 than 70 because of the light wind and turf that was on the soft side.

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. "He never said anything", Grace said.

"On 16, I just left it short from eight feet or something".

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