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The Open, Brendan Grace Shoots A Historic 62 In Round 3

The Open, Brendan Grace Shoots A Historic 62 In Round 3

Dufner was among those who had a chance to first break the 63 barrier.

The South African took advantage of benign conditions on the links of Royal Birkdale that were a world away from the rain and wind that rendered shot-making nearly impossible on Friday. "I promise you", Grace said.

"What a special day". "I had no idea that was the lowest".

"I honestly didn't. You know, I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole".

"I feel I'm playing well".

Grace added: "My whole thing on the 18th was trying just not to make bogey". Twenty-nine players had shot 31 rounds of 63, but never any better, despite a slew of close calls.

Grace's performance was textbook. He also has one 63 to his name in his career, albeit at the non-major WGC-HSBC Champions previous year.

Grace, 29, started the day on 4-over and raced through the pack all the way up into Open contention on 4-under. He is now 4-under and figures to be in the thick of the final-round race for the Claret Jug.

Stenson, the defending champion whose rental house near Birkdale was burgled while he was playing his first round on Thursday, was one of a number of players to shoot 65 as he also went to three-under overall. And just last month, Justin Thomas finished with a 63 in round three of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

When Phil Mickelson missed a 62 by fractions at last year's Open, with a last-hole lip-out, he claimed to have been denied by malevolent outside forces - a local Troon curse, perhaps, or a hidden greenkeeper's hand.

There have been 10 scores of 63 at The Open, with only Jodie Mudd doing it Birkdale before Saturday.

"I was superb from tee to green", he said. According to statistics provided by Grace, he made putts of 16, 35, 25, 12, 34, and 28 feet - staggering. I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer and Zack (Rasego) came up and said "You're in the history books".

The same can not, however, be said of former world number one Jason Day, with the Australian shooting 76 to sit perilously at five over par.

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