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Shackelford: Branden Grace 'in the zone' as he opens Club 62


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.

Grace got the round started with a birdie on the first hole, then made back-to-back birdies on the par-3 fourth and par-4 fifth.

The South African shot an 8-under-62 Saturday, the lowest score ever in a major championship.

On whether he could have matched the 62 on Branden Grace: "I think we could have been sniffing around those numbers as well".

Asked how it felt to make history, Grace told Sky Sports: "It feels great now - I didn't know to be quite honest". I was just trying to play the round without a bogey and make another birdie at the last.

"I honestly didn't know", he said.


"At 16 I had a really nice chance and left it short from eight or 10 feet, and then at 17 I was right in the middle of the fairway and made five, so I let a couple of chances get away".

Grace's record round moved him near the top of the leaderboard, just two shots behind Jordan Spieth.

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. In literally hundreds of thousands of rounds major golf, this is the first time a 62 has been written in a scorecard. He is now 4-under and figures to be in the thick of the final-round race for the Claret Jug. Last month, Justin Thomas tied the record for lowest score in relation to par with his 63 at the U.S. Open.

"I feel I'm playing well, " Grace said. Miller dinged the accomplishment in what was more than a backhanded compliment, pejoratively referring to the easier U.S. Open setup in Wisconsin as a "Greater Milwaukee Open".

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

World number two Hideki Matsuyama of Japan carded 66 to join Grace at four under, one ahead of American world number one Dustin Johnson (64), defending champion Henrik Stenson (65), Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello (67) and American Chan Kim (67). And Zack [Rasego, caddie] came up and said, 'You're in the history books.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about?'

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