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

The par-3 14th fell next, leaving him on the verge of history, and a 35-foot birdie putt across the 16th green moved him closer.

The 29-year-old said that his caddie, Zack Rasego, had been the first to break the news to him.

"I honestly had no idea that 62 was the record".

When Branden Grace threatened, and then broke, the majors scoring record with a 62 at the British Open on Saturday, there were as many tweets about Johnny as there were about Grace. "So obviously he must have known", he said.

Grace might have entered the record books with his 62 but he will have to reproduce further stellar golf in Sunday's final round to stand a chance of securing his first major victory.

It doesn't diminish anything Branden did and it was still a great feat but aerodynamically the ball is so much better than the ball we played with 40, 50 years ago.

Thirty-one players had shot 63s in major tournaments. They include one Michael Bradley, who did finish 54th at the 1995 PGA at Riviera, but will always have his opening 63.

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The golfers had the benefit of good weather and a course that had been softened by heavy rains the day before, allowing golfers to better hold the greens with their approach shots.

Even though Spieth carded a second bogey-free 65 of the week, he was eclipsed by the historic effort of Grace, who carded eight birdies and no bogeys to shoot the first 62 in men's major championship history.

"Peter Crouch was!" came the witty reply from one man among the press pack.

Li's flawless seven-under round started slowly with seven consecutive pars before he picked up shots at eight and nine.

Grace wasn't the only player to take advantage. "I didn't know what was going on on 18, I promise", he said. He defended the course with, "There's a lot of spots you want to keep out of, and I did that today". He began the day in 45th place, and finished it in third. Grace was only thinking about trying to get through the third round without a bogey.

The 23-year-old calmly collected three birdies on the front nine and with Kuchar keeping pace, the pair kept the rest of the field at arm's length.

"You still have to do it out there", said Grace, who said par felt more like 67 than 70 because of the light wind and turf that was on the soft side. "He never said anything", Grace said. "Then I started to hole everything so I was quite happy out there".

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