Branden Grace shoots first 62 in a major

Branden Grace shoots first 62 in a major

Branden Grace shoots first 62 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.

"It was nice to start the day off with a birdie on the first, made a nice putt", Grace added.

It was a stark contrast from Friday, when wind and rain pummeled the course and the players. Then he made a 35-footer for birdie on the 16th hole, a routine birdie on the par-5 17th and capped it off with a par on the 18th hole to make major championship history. Spieth and Kuchar teed off in the final pairing. He split the fairway with his drive and seemed to spend an eternity deciding which club to use for his second shot. "I was so in the zone and playing the round so well", Grace said. The tap-in was a formality, and the tens of thousands of people who had poured into this magnificent venue had seen history made. But he will settle for his day's work.

In the 442nd major championship, Grace on Saturday achieved what the greats of the game could not in 157 years of trying and cracked the previous best of 63, which had been achieved 31 times. Indeed, Greg Norman and Vijay Singh each did it twice. I didn't know 62 was the lowest ever but now it makes it even more special.

Numerous game's biggest stars had near-misses. The first of whom was Johnny Miller, who carded a 63 in the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Woods later referred to his score as "62-and-a-half". Mickelson said afterwards: "I want to cry".

Jason Dufner, who played with Grace, is one of the players to shoot 63 in a major.

"I feel I'm playing well, " Grace said. There was a near 62 at this very course in the 1991 British Open, when Jodie Mudd set a new course record (breaking the one that Ian Baker-Finch had set just the day before with a 64), but he couldn't quite get there.

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

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