The Open 2017
Jul 22nd, 2017
Amazing Grace makes Major history at Royal Birkdale
Branden Grace shoots 62 to enter history books
Words: Nick Kevern Photography: Getty Images
The golfing history books have just been rewritten at Royal Birkdale as Branden Grace shot a sensational 62 at The Open Championship to break the record for the lowest round at a Major Championship.
The South African dominated the links of Royal Birkdale with a blemish free round of 62 that included eight birdies. With only three holes to play the pressure was on, but he dismissed any concerns with birdies on the 16th and 17th.
Knowing that a par on the 18th would put him into the history books, Grace gave himself every chance with a safe two putt to break the record.
The previous best of 63 was first accomplished back in 1973 as Johnny Miller won the U.S Open at Oakmont. Since then 31 players have matched the previous record with the most recent 63 coming from Justin Thomas at the U.S Open this year.
However, Grace has beaten them all with one of the most majestic displays golf ever witnessed.
When asked about his record breaking round, Grace claimed that he didn’t know until his caddie told him. He said: “I wasn’t aware. Zach was up there saying ‘congrats-you’re in the history books’- I had no idea!”
Whether or not he actually had an eye on the record or not one thing is certain, we have just witnessed something amazing. An Amazing Grace.