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Grace breaks major single round record with 62

Grace breaks major single round record with 62

Both players bogeyed the third and when Spieth also three-putted the fourth, his advantage had been wiped out in just 48 minutes to evoke painful memories of his collapse in the 2016 Masters, when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes to play.

While the leaders awaited their crack at Royal Birkdale in the most favorable conditions The Open has seen this week, Branden Grace went out early and made history. After sailing his drive into a dune, he took an unplayable, walked onto the adjacent practice area, took relief from the parked equipment trailers and somehow - over the course of a half-hour - made bogey.

The scoreboard was a sea of red figures as player after player peppered the flags. He said that on No. 18, he had no idea he was doing something no one else had ever done.

Grace went out in 29 and seemed to stall until a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th put him at 7 under with two par 5s ahead of him.

Grace moved 41 places up the leaderboard but two Australians in Jason Day and Scott Hend moved up 43 places after their respective rounds of 65.

"And I was like, 'What are you talking about?'" Grace said. Spieth drove the ball superbly and was seldom in trouble. But the player still had to hit the shots. He even briefly managed to tie Spieth for the lead when he birdied the 15th, but Spieth followed him in.

He had a willing opponent in Kuchar, and they will be at the tail of the field again in the final round. He ended up 6 shots behind eventual champion Jordan Spieth.




A third Australian Marc Leishman was another big mover, jumping 32 spots after his round of 66.

Tonight this slip of a lad will be paired with the burly US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

"There is nothing like the amphitheatre of walking down the 18th fairway at The Open Championship".

Spieth said: "Matt keeps things light".

He ended up shooting 82 and 84 over the weekend to finish last among the players to make the cut, but he also won the China Open a year ago when still just 20 and represented his country at the Olympics in Rio. I am not going to get ahead of myself. Shot a couple of course records, a couple of wins. Golf fans on Twitter picked up on Miller's tone as Grace made his charge, and spent a good portion of the day reveling in the saltiness displayed on the broadcast. Like I said, I am putting well, I'm feeling good about the putting.

Grace started his round with a birdie and kept rolling from there. I feel that I have had a great career and my game continues to evolve.


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    Spieth could have not been more to the right of the 13th fairway as he was on that shot. "It was just a neat moment", Kuchar said. Grace became the first player in history to shoot 62 in a Major and is now at four under par going into the final round.