Li scorches back nine, posts 32nd-ever 63

"Ah, look, this is [Jon] Rahm, the young lad who won the Irish Open", he said as Grace arrived on the 14th green.

After a masterful first 16 holes with seven birdies and no bogeys, Grace stepped up to the 17th - one of only two par-5s at Royal Birkdale - needing to shoot 1-under in the final two holes to finish with a 62. Prior to Grace's 62, there were 10 instances of a player shooting 63 in a major.

Following Grace's men's major record round today, Miller did the best he could to take it in stride and compliment Grace's stellar round. But through 441 events and 157 years, the 62 remained ever elusive.

"I honestly didn't. You know, I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole".

Grace's round, the lowest in the history of the majors, saw him move from four over par overnight to four-under. "I was just grinding, grinding, and I just couldn't believe my final round, making so many birdies".

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.

While Brandon's game was a jaw-dropper in the world of golf on Saturday, he wasn't anxious about going for that record at the time he made that final shot.

There he made birdie to get to two-under par and then he started to believe history could be made.




"I had no idea whatsoever that was the lowest", Grace said.

Jordan Spieth remained clear of the field at the British Open on Saturday as a strong start to his third round left him nine under par for the championship at the turn. Sometimes it helps not knowing these things. "It's one of the best ball-striking rounds of my career". Jodie Mudd shot 63 here at Birkdale in 1991. Robert Streb had a 63 during the second round at last year's PGA Championship.

"I didn't know what was going on 18, I promise you", he told reporters.

Grace's showing certainly outshone the efforts of world number one Dustin Johnson, who fired a bogey-free six-under-par 64 to go three-under and give himself a glimmer of hope. His career low round in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event was a 63 at the WGC-HSBC Champions event previous year.

He said: "For me it was just a bit surreal".

Royal Birkdale has seen great performances from Asian golfers before at the British Open.

"But obviously I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer".

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