Amazing Grace - South African makes major history with round of 62

Branden Grace at The Open 2017 on his way to a 62

With a wide grin on his face, the South African began his post-round news conference by saying: "Let's get this out of the way: I didn't know what was going on on 18".

American Johnny Miller was the first player to make 63 in a major, when he won the 1973 U.S. Open. Henrik Stenson also shot a 63 in the final round of last year's British Open at Royal Troon on his way to lifting the Claret Jug. "It's nice to get in the zone like that, when you don't really know what's going on", Grace said.

"I had no idea that a 62 was obviously the lowest ever", Grace said.

Another gain followed on the penultimate hole, as Grace hit the par-five 17th in two, and he held his nerve to save par on the 18th after his approach had slipped over the back of the green. He moved to 8-under par for the round with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 17th, and then wrapped up the record with a attractive lag from behind the 18th green to 2 feet. It was only after Grace made his par putt that his caddie, Zack Rasego, told him that he had just played his way into the history books.

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"My main thing was not wanting to finish with a bogey".

According to Grace, he wasn't even aware of his record-setting round as it was happening. He hit 16 of 18 greens, getting up-and-down from over the 18th green to set the record in the 442nd major championship ever played. I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn in five under was pretty special. Robert Streb had a 63 during the second round at last year's PGA Championship. Mickelson said afterwards: "I want to cry". When it slowly lipped out, recalling Phil Mickelson's birdie putt in his opening round 63 a year ago at Troon, it seemed that Grace had lost his chance. But he tugged his 2-iron to the left, and his chip was not great, leaving a 10-footer. And to do it at a special place at one of the events that I actually like playing, at The Open.

In truth, Grace's score could have been even better as he missed a number of putts at the start of the back nine.

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