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Branden Grace put together a magical round on Saturday at Royal Birkdale, becoming the first player in major championship history to shoot a 62.

As a result, Grace went from ho-hum to history. His awful drive at the short par-four fifth flew so far left that it crashed into a grandstand and rebounded preposterously onto the green, enabling him to two-putt for a birdie.

Afterwards, Grace's caddie Zach Rasego said they only realised on the 18th green that he was on the verge of doing something great.

Describing what the achievement meant to him, Grace said: "It's special". He admitted leaving "a couple out there" but conceded he made up for missed opportunities with "those long bombs that I made".

"I had no idea whatsoever that was the lowest", Grace said.

There have been 31 golfers who have shot a 63 in majors, including Phil Mickelson in the opening round at Royal Troon last year - his final putt for 62 rimmed out - and current defending British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who shot 63 on Sunday of last year's tournament.

"My main thing was not wanting to finish with a bogey". "I wanted to finish strong". 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. Paul McGinley questioned it in Sky's early morning coverage, saying "I just don't think the boys need extra help today". Greens made soft from heavy rains. "I just want to get out there again [Sunday] and try to do something similar, just play some good golf".

The lowest ever score in a major championship is 9-under, however. The Thomas round broke Miller's mark relative to par - Johnny's 63 came on a par-71 setup and JT's came on a par-72 Erin Hills course.

Grace's response, he said, was, "What are you talking about?" "If you keep it in play, it's nearly hard to make a bogey out there".

On learning from previous experiences in majors: "I've had a five-shot lead in a major and squandered it before". "I feel we're playing well, but it's just not happening".


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