South Africa’s Branden Grace exploited ultimate situations to file the primary 62 in males’s main championship historical past within the third spherical of the Open at Royal Birkdale.
Phil Mickelson and eventual winner Henrik Stenson each shot 63 in final 12 months’s Open at Royal Troon, whereas Justin Thomas turned the 29th participant to realize the feat in final month’s US Open.
However Grace, who solely made the midway reduce with a shot to spare on 4 over par, went one higher with eight birdies and no bogeys on the 7,027-yard par-70 format to leap from a tie for 45th right into a tie for second.
The 29-year-old made the perfect begin with a birdie on the primary in benign situations which had been in stark distinction to the wind and torrential rain which compelled a quick suspension of play on Friday afternoon.
Additional birdies on the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth took Grace to the flip in 29, matching the entrance 9 of Matt Kuchar on day one, earlier than a run of 4 straight pars appeared to have halted his momentum.
Nevertheless, the world quantity 35 then holed from 35 ft on the 14th and 16th and two-putted the par-five 17th to succeed in eight underneath par for the day.
With historical past on the road, Grace’s method to the final ran simply off the again of the inexperienced, however he calmly two-putted from lengthy vary to finish an excellent spherical.