Branden Grace is alone in the record books.
Grace fired an 8-under 62 in the third round of the British Open, becoming the first player in major championship history to shoot lower than 63.
The 29-year-old South African did it with a strong finishing kick birdieing Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to put him to 8 under for the day. Needing a par at the last for that historic 62, Grace calmly rolled a 60-footer from beyond the green to 3 feet. He rolled that in for the record. Grace’s 62 also breaks the course record at Royal Birkdale, which Jodie Mudd set with a 63 in the final round of the 1991 Open.
This record-breaking round had been a long time coming.
There has been 31 rounds of 63 in major championship, the latest coming from Justin Thomas last month in the third round of the U.S. Open.
Grace was bogey-free in his historic round. He went out in 5-under 29 before those three late birdies. He is now 4 under for the tournament and jumped from T-45 to T-2.