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Amazing Grace hits first 62 in a major at The Open

22 July 2017

SOUTHPORT, England - Branden Grace became the first player to shoot 62 in a major championship, going 8 under par over the par-70 Royal Birkdale course Saturday to move ahead of all the 63s in the record book.

Numerous golfers had carded a 63 in the four majors; there were at least two instances in each of the sport's premier events, including 10 at the British Open.

"I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole".

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Asked how he could not have known, he said: "I honestly didn't".

"It was a special day, to be quite honest", said Grace, who hit 16 of 18 greens.

He finished the par-34 front nine with a pair of birdies on the eighth and ninth, turning in 29 strokes and making a rapid charge up the leaderboard after beginning the day tied for 45th place.

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"My main thing was not wanting to finish with a bogey". But obviously I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer [for par].

"We had no idea until the last hole when Jason Dufner's caddie said this putt is for history. And I was like, 'what are you talking about?'"

Nearly lost in the excitement were superb five-under 65s from Jason Day and Scott Hend, vaulting the Australian duo onto the leaderboard in a share of 13th at even par. And then finishing the round and then finding out what you've done makes it even better, it really does.

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Canada's Austin Connelly was also three under after starting birdie, eagle, but overnight leader Jordan Spieth responded to the challenge with a tap-in birdie on the third to maintain his two-shot advantage over US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Kuchar. "It's something I really enjoyed and something I'll remember forever, definitely".