The clubs Branden Grace used to shoot 62

Branden Grace

Prior to Saturday's third round in Southport, there had been 31 instances of players scoring 63 in a major.

The South African's eight-under-par round, featuring eight birdies and no dropped shots, saw him rocket up the leaderboard to four under par overall, two behind Spieth's halfway score.

World number one Dustin Johnson believes he will have to shoot much better than his third-round 64 to have any chance of winning the Open. "My caddie told me 'Congrats, you're in the history books.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' I was so in the zone, I was just trying to finish the round without a bogey". Of course, Johnny Miller was the first to ever shot a 63 in a major, doing so during the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont to win the event.

Still coming to terms with his achievement, Grace said Rasego had probably helped him by keeping the historical context to himself. Of the 10 63s, there was one a year ago by reigning champion Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson lipped out with a putt for a 62. The bottom line is, Grace made history in the pressurized crucible in a major. "I promise you", Grace said. He became the first player ever to shoot a 62 in a major, with many golf fans waking up in America to learn of the historic round.

"It was a special round from the start and when you get it going you just want to make even more birdies".

To make matters even more wonderful, Grace did this after shooting 74 the round before during some brutally bad weather.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka also went to five-under thanks to a run of three straight birdies from the 3rd.

Grace not only shot the round of the week, but his eight-under 62 is now the new record for lowest round in major championship history. I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn in five under was pretty special. Thomas' round was exciting, but not incredibly shocking considering two 63s had been recorded at last year's British Open.

"I honestly didn't", he said.

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