Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62

Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62

On the 18th, Grace calmly two-putted for par to secure the first 62 in major history.

Grace posted back-to-back birdies from the eighth to reach the turn in 29 and moved further up the leaderboard by holing a 35-footer at the par-three 14th.

Jason Dufner, who was Grace's playing partner Saturday and shot 66, shot 63 in the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship, which he went on to win.

A 63 had been recorded 10 times previously in the British Open, twice previous year at Royal Troon, when Phil Mickelson did it in the opening round only for eventual victor Henrik Stenson to match him on the Sunday.

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.

He claimed the clubhouse lead at four under - just two behind leader Jordan Spieth, who was not even on the course as Grace finished.

"My main thing was just trying not to bogey 18", he said.

On the front nine, Grace, a native of South Africa, shot his age - 29 - and he did not look back for the rest of his eight-under round.




"It always gives you some momentum and some confidence heading into the round, and then I just played flawless golf. I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever", he added.

"I honestly didn't (know)", Grace said.

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.

Ultimately, though, three pars meant he had to settle for a bogey-free six-under par third round that leaves him on a three-under total of 207, definitely in the hunt for the Claret Jug. In literally hundreds of thousands of rounds major golf, this is the first time a 62 has been written in a scorecard.

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.

"And I thought if I could make a couple more on the back nine, then it's going to be a great score".

Grace's record round stands out in part because of the sheer peculiarity of the near-62 misses.

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