Major record-breaker Grace: I honestly didn't know I'd made history

Justin Rose at Royal Birkdale

The 146th Open Championship is the 442nd major championship to be contested in golf history, with no one having ever shot a 62 in the previous 441. His awful drive at the short par-four fifth flew so far left that it crashed into a grandstand and rebounded preposterously onto the green, enabling him to two-putt for a birdie. The South African took full advantage as he pelted 16 greens today, the same amount as rounds one and two, combined. "I was so in the zone and playing the round so well", Grace said.

Grace, whose caddie told him of the record after he holed out at the last, added: "I feel I'm playing well".

Justin Thomas shot a 9-under 63 during Round 3 of the U.S. Open last month, breaking the single-round U.S. Open record in relation to par.

Grace birdied the first and picked up further shots at the fourth and fifth before birdieing eight and nine.

Branden Grace didn't realize he was making major championship history with an 8-under-62 in the British Open. Jodie Mudd shot 63 here at Birkdale in 1991. "And Zack came up and said, 'You're in the history books.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about?' So obviously now it makes the day even sweeter".




"I honestly had no idea that 62 was the record".

To make matters even more unbelievable, Grace did this after shooting 74 the round before during some brutally bad weather. He made eight birdies with no bogeys to become the first player to shoot a 62 in the 442 major championships contested.

Going out 10 minutes before them, England's Ian Poulter, runner-up here to Padraig Harrington in 2008, and current US Open champion Brooks Koepka were both three-under overnight.

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. "I just want to get out there again [Sunday] and try to do something similar, just play some good golf".

"It was great, reminiscent of last year's Open for me".

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