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Grace sets major championship record with 62 at British Open

Grace sets major championship record with 62 at British Open

The 29-year-old South African was so locked in on a flawless round Saturday at the British Open that he wasn't even aware of the scoring record.

There had been 31 rounds of 63 in the previous 441 major championships, with 10 coming in the British Open including Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson past year at Troon, but never a 62.

Despite his epic performance, Grace remains seven shots adrift of leader Jordan Spieth - who could get a new business idea in the works after a tweet about the chewing gum superstition he has developed.

That was level with England's Ian Poulter, who started the day three shots behind Spieth but failed to take advantage of the conditions and made five bogeys in a scratchy 71.

He posted back-to-back birdies from the eighth to reach the turn in 29 and moved further up the leaderboard by holing a 35-footer at the par-three 14th.

Grace began the day at four over par, but birdied the first hole before repeating the trick on holes 4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 16 and 17.

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After his record round Grace shared fifth with Hideki Matsuyama at 206. I didn't know 62 was the lowest ever but now it makes it even more special. "If you told me after making the cut, you're going to finish tied sixth I would have taken it".

"I was just in the zone, taking it hole by hole", Grace added. And I just want to get out there again tomorrow (Sunday) and try to do something similar, just play some good Golf. "It's something I really enjoyed and something I'll remember forever, definitely". He is the sixth player to shoot 63 in the final round of a major. "Sometimes it helps not knowing these things".

"Zack came up and said, "You're in the history books".

Miller, an Open Championship victor at Royal Birkdale as well, was on the broadcast for Grace's 62, and in classic Johnny Miller fashion, added his own set of qualifiers to the record-breaking round, including calling the course setup "really easy". Robert Streb had a 63 during the second round at last year's PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods had a vicious lip-out in his bid for 62 in the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Thirty-one players had shot 63s in major tournaments. In the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus missed a three-footer on the final hole for 62.


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