Grace shoots lowest round in Major history with 62 at The Open

Janie Parker
July 23, 2017

"I promise you", Grace said.

Spieth's playing partner, fellow American Matt Kuchar, had a more eventful start with two birdies and a bogey in his first four holes leaving him five-under. "You should do something similar, and it doesn't always work that way".

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.

According to Grace, he wasn't even aware of his record-setting round as it was happening. Sometimes it helps not knowing these things.

"I was just in the zone, taking it hole by hole", Grace added. I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn at 5-under was pretty special. "Definitely a couple of shots there (went missing) on the last couple of holes". "My caddy Zach said "congrats" and I was like 'Cool, I played a good round!' He said: 'That's in the history books.' And I said: 'What are you talking about?' I had no idea".

Nearly lost in the excitement were superb five-under 65s from Jason Day and Scott Hend, vaulting the Australian duo onto the leaderboard in a share of 13th at even par.

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.

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"It was great, reminiscent of last year's Open for me".

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. While he has seven European Tour titles and a PGA Tour title, he, nor anyone else has put together a round at a major like he did on Saturday. He also has one 63 to his name in his career, albeit at the non-major WGC-HSBC Champions a year ago.

He finished with three straight pars to move to 3 under for the tournament.

Stenson, meanwhile, joined Johnson on three under par after shooting a third-round 65 that featured six birdies and a bogey.

Staying at Royal Birkdale, it looked for a while like a second player was going to shoot 62 Saturday.

Jordan Spieth has the lead as he tees off in the British Open, despite some very low scores on the day. I've shot a 12-under on a links course and I've shot 60.

We've been screaming out loud - seniors like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman and myself - for something to be done about the ball.

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