Branden Grace shocked to make history with 62 round at The Open

Branden Grace shocked to make history with 62 round at The Open

Everyone watching the tournament knew the stakes of Grace's round, but the jovial South African claimed he was oblivious about his record-setting pace. His other five birdie putts were more than 25-feet and included putts longer than 40 feet at the 14th and 16th greens.

Stenson, meanwhile, joined Johnson on three under par after shooting a third-round 65 that featured six birdies and a bogey.

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Spieth and Matt Kuchar did not tee off until shortly before 4 Royal Birkdale. Knowing that, it's probably for the best that Grace was keeping history out of his mind while walking the links, but it sounds like that wasn't an issue for him on the course today.

At one stage he might even have entertained hopes of recording the first round of 62 in a men's major - a feat actually achieved on the same day by South Africa's Branden Grace. His opening shot landed in the first cut of rough, and he rocketed his second a bit behind the green. Tony Jacklin, the last English player to win The Open on home soil back in 1969, is the offi cial ambassador for the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, August 8-11.

Johnson, who presumed the leaders would continue to thrive in benign conditions, felt his chances on Sunday might well depend on the weather - and he could still need a record-breaking final round of 61.

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"It is always hard to follow a good round, because you go out with the same expectations that you are playing well", Grace said.

Branden Grace has made major championship history.

It seems hard to believe Grace wasn't aware he was about to shoot the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship, especially considering how often it is talked about.

Grace's round featured eight birdies without a single bogey.

Miller, an Open Championship victor at Royal Birkdale as well, was on the broadcast for Grace's 62, and in classic Johnny Miller fashion, added his own set of qualifiers to the record-breaking round, including calling the course setup "really easy".

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