Branden Grace Makes History With a 62 at the British Open

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South Africa’s Branden Grace playing his approach to the 18th hole on Saturday during the third round of the British Open in Southport, England.

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SOUTHPORT, England — Branden Grace capitalized on perfect conditions Saturday morning to record the lowest score in men’s major championship history, a 62 at the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

On the front nine, Grace, a native of South Africa, shot his age — 29 — and he did not look back for the rest of his eight-under round.

n 2014, South Korea’s Kim Hyo-Joo opened with a 61 at the Evian Championship, and three other women have posted scores of 62 in majors.

On the par-5 17th, Grace found the green in two and two-putted for his eighth birdie of the round. On the par-4 18th, Grace’s approach came to rest off the green. But he putted to inside six feet and made a par that was anything but routine to separate himself from the 31 players in major history — most recently the American Justin Thomas in the third round of last month’s United States Open — who have posted scores of 63….

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