British Open: Branden Grace shoots 62 to break 44-year-old record

This beats Grace's best round in a major (64, R3 of the 2015 PGA Championship) and also beats his career-best round on the PGA TOUR (63, R1 of 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions). Three players have shot 62 - Minea Blomqvist in the 2014 Women's British Open, Lorena Ochoa in the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship and Mirim Lee in the 2016 Women's British Open. And then Saturday at The Open, along came Branden Grace and an unprecedented 62.

Grace had five birdies on the front nine to go out in just 29 before three more coming home, at the short 14th and back-to-back at 16 and 17. But 2017 has not been a massive success with only a pair of top-10s on either side of the Atlantic in the books, one at the BMW PGA at Wentworth and the other at the Valero Texas Open.

He claimed the clubhouse lead at four under - just two behind leader Jordan Spieth, who was not even on the course as Grace finished.

A birdie putt at the 15th lipped out but Grace responded by holing a long effort at the par-four next, before getting to eight under with a two-putt gain at the par-five 17th.

There will surely be unresolved debate about what's better, a 62 on a par-70 course or a 63 on a par-72. But obviously I knocked in the 2-footer or 3-footer.

But now Grace is all alone.

"I honestly didn't", he said. "I was so in the zone and playing the round so well", Grace said. "I didn't know what was going on on 18, I promise", he said.

"I thought if I could make a couple more on the back nine, then it's going to be a great score". "I had no idea that was the lowest".

A year ago, Henrik Stenson shot 63 in the final round to win The Open at Royal Troon, and Phil Mickelson shot a first-round 63 on his way to finishing second.

Still coming to terms with his achievement, Grace said Rasego had probably helped him by keeping the historical context to himself.

There have been 31 rounds of 63 in major championships and Grace's feat prompted a standing ovation at the 18th green as he saluted the packed galleries at Royal Birkdale.

  • Rogelio Lindsey