Branden Grace sets major record with a 62 at the Open Championship.
Grace is the first golfer to ever shoot a 62 in a major championship. Thirty-one 63s had been recorded, the first being Johnny Miller’s in 1973. But never a single 62.
On a day with no wind and a softened course that led to plenty of birdie opportunities in round three of The Open, Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia led the tributes to Grace. There were tweets of appreciation from golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Grace did not start his round in 45th place thinking of shooting a 62. A good round would of been expected, but no 62. After making the three footer on 18, Grace had no idea he had made golf history. His caddie Zack Resago informed him of his accomplishment after the putt dropped.
“I didn’t know what was going on, I promise you,” he said, laughing. “I had just been in the zone of playing, hole after hole. I wasn’t even aware that 62 would be the lowest ever until Zack came up and said, ‘You’re in the history books.’”
Grace was obliviousness to the record or what he had done.
“My main focus was on trying not to bogey the 18th,” Grace said . “You feel so bad finishing a brilliant day like that, so that was a big point in the right direction for me. What a special moment. It’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Grace made the turn in five-under 29 — the same as Matt Kuchar Thursday — and got to six under with a birdie on 14. He lipped out for birdie on the first par-5 he saw, the 15th, but he moved to seven under by birdieing 16.
Grace two putted for par on 17, and needed only a par on 18 for the record 62.
After all the congratulatory hand shakes and when things calmed down Grace said, “”To do it at the Open Championship is pretty special.”
Grace moved up 40 places to a T-5th at 4-under par. He will tee off at 9:10 a.m ET on Sunday, paired with Hideki Matsuyama.