SOUTHPORT, England – Through all the years, through all the rounds, through all the shots, no man has ever shot 62 in a major championship.
Until Saturday, that is.
Branden Grace took apart defenseless Royal Birkdale with eight birdies against no bogeys to sign for the first 62 in a men’s major championship, leaping up the giant yellow scoreboards in the third round of the 146th British Open.
With nae wind, nae rain and soft greens, the 29-year-old South African went out in 29 strokes under bright skies and came home in 33, making birdies at the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 14th, 16th and 17th holes to rewrite the record books.
Before his historic round, 31 players had shot 63 in a major, the most recent authored by Justin Thomas in the third round of the U.S. Open in July.
Grace started the day 4 over and in a tie for 45th place and finished at 4 under and just two shots out of the lead held by Jordan Spieth, who hadn’t teed off yet when Grace finished his round.
The lowest round in a women’s major is 61, shot by Hyo-Joo Kim in the 2014 Evian Championship. Three players have shot 62 – Minea Blomqvist in the 2014 Women’s British Open, Lorena Ochoa in the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship and Mirim Lee in the 2016 Women’s British Open.
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