British Open: Branden Grace shoots lowest round in major history

Branden Grace wrote his name in the record books at the Open Championship on Saturday by becoming the first man in the history of the majors to card a 62.The South African was praised by his colleagues and despite his score coming amid vastly improved conditions on England’s north-west coast.Grace started the final round seven shots behind leader Jordan Spieth and knew it would be very hard to win the tournament from that position. “I was playing with him but not focused on him”.Others did know. The 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day, having played five groups before Grace, said, “I think this is a good formula to see maybe the first 62 in a major championship”.Behind the strength of his 8-under round, Grace shot up the leaderboard and finished with an overall score of 4-under and went into the clubhouse just two strokes behind leader Jordan Spieth who was yet to tee off in the third round.This beats Grace’s best round in a major (64, R3 of the 2015 PGA Championship) and also beats his career-best round on the PGA TOUR (63, R1 of 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions).”It was a special day, to be quite honest”, Grace said after the round.Johnny Miller’s stunning final round at Oakmont in the 1973 U.S. Open was the first, and more than two dozen players have matched it since across all four majors.”Can’t believe in the final round I (made) so many birdies”, Li said.Tiger Woods had a vicious lip-out in his bid for 62 in the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.”I didn’t know what was going on 18, I promise you”, he told reporters.BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows.Earlier on Friday, Mickelson shrugged off the disappointment of missing the cut for the first time at the course where he made his British Open debut in 1991.They are hitting three or four clubs less into the greens than we were 40 years ago even though they’ve lengthened the holes. And I thought if I could make a couple more on the back nine, then it’s going to be a great score. He defended the course with, “There’s a lot of spots you want to keep out of, and I did that today”.The 47-year-old American posted a 77, which left him 10 over after his first-round 73 and heading home for the first time in four outings at Southport.