Branden Grace shoots first-ever 62 in a major

"The Open is the event that I love the most so what a special place to get into the history books".

American Johnny Miller was the first player to make 63 in a major, when he won the 1973 U.S. Open.

South Africa's Branden Grace moved firmly into contention at the British Open on Saturday with his record-breaking third round of 62.

When Justin Thomas shot the last 63 at a major, at the U.S. Open a month ago, Miller was immediately sought out for comment.

And Grace looked as though the best he could do was the same number when he failed to pick up a shot the par-five 15th at Birkdale, after six birdies and no bogeys in the preceding 14 holes.

We'll let Michael Scott take it from here. On the par-4 18th, Grace's approach came to rest off the green.

"I had no idea that a 62 was obviously the lowest ever", Grace said.

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After making birdie on the par-four 16th and par-five 17th, Grace needed just a par on the final hole to break the record - which he did with two putts. "Definitely a couple of shots there (went missing) on the last couple of holes". 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. "Twenty-eight putts is quite a few putts to shoot 62", Miller said of Grace's round. He did manage to make sure you knew the Royal Birkdale setup was "really, really easy" though.

It wasn't the first time that Grace had gone low in a major.

The lowest ever score in a major championship is 9-under, however. Robert Streb shot 63 during the second round at last year's PGA Championship.

"Talking about this can go on forever", Grace said.

"My whole thing on the 18th was trying just not to make bogey", Grace said "I hit a great wedge in there, just caught a fly, a little bit of a jumper and made it tough for myself". But he tugged his 2-iron to the left, and his chip was not great, leaving a 10-footer.

England's Ian Poulter, runner-up here to Padraig Harrington in 2008, and current US Open champion Brooks Koepka are both three-under.

  • Lawrence Cooper