Grace, Johnson shoot up Open leaderboard in chase of Spieth

Adam Scott of Australia waves to the crowd after winning the Honda Classic golf tournament with a 9-under-par Sunday Feb. 28 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens Fla

Grace's round, the lowest in the history of the majors, saw him move from four over par overnight to four-under. I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn at 5-under was pretty special. "But it makes it more special now, especially to be in the history books at a place like this".

Going low is not new to Grace, who shot 64 in the third round of the 2015 PGA Championship.

BRANDEN GRACE became the first man ever to shoot 62 in a Major - and then said he had no idea he'd made history!

The golfers had the benefit of good weather and a course that had been softened by heavy rains the day before, allowing golfers to better hold the greens with their approach shots. The last 63 recorded at the British Open was in the final round at Royal Troon previous year by the victor, Henrik Stenson. "My caddy Zach said "congrats" and I was like 'Cool, I played a good round!' He said: 'That's in the history books.' And I said: 'What are you talking about?' I had no idea". With clear skies and little wind - a significant departure from the windy and wet conditions during Friday's second round - Grace was able to hit 16 of 18 greens and sink eight birdies with no bogeys. He was two shots behind Jordan Spieth, who was on the range still warming up, when Grace finished. Playing partner Paul Casey, who shot a three-under 67 to sit at level par, said: "I know when Rory (McIlroy) gets hot, Rory is incredible". I made some great putts out there but I also had a couple that were really close and I didn't take advantage of 17 the way I would have liked to.

On the Par-4 17th hole, he hit a attractive second shot on to the green that left him a tap-in birdie to go to 8-under. Robert Streb shot 63 during the second round at last year's PGA Championship.

"My main thing was just trying not to bogey 18", he said. In the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus missed a three-footer on the final hole for 62.

Last month, Justin Thomas shot 63 during the third round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, just the fifth to do so in that championship.

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