The Open 2017: Branden Grace shoots a 62 to set a new major record

Branden Grace

2017 Open Championship on the BBC
Venue: Royal Birkdale Dates: 20-23 July
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South Africa’s Branden Grace has become the first man to score 62 in a major.

Grace holed eight birdies in a bogey-free third round of The Open at Royal Birkdale to beat the previous best of 63, which has been recorded 31 times.

“This is momentus,” said former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. “The day Grace broke the unbreakable record.”

South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim holds the record for the lowest round in any major with 61 at the women’s Evian Championship in 2014.

Grace’s round is not the lowest score to par in a men’s major though, with seven players scoring nine under on par-72 courses.


Iain Carter, BBC Sport golf correspondent at Royal Birkdale

People have been getting touch and saying ‘Hang on, it is a par 70 and only eight under par so we have seen lower rounds in relation to par’.

But the fact of the matter is, what is recorded is the total number of shots played, irrespective of what par is.

No one has covered a major course in 62 shots before, it is an extraordinary moment for the game of golf.

More to follow.

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