Grace shoots historic first 62 in the majors

  • Grace shoots historic first 62 in the majors

Grace shoots historic first 62 in the majors

He began the day four over par - he ended it four under, just two shots behind 36-hole leader Jordan Spieth, who had yet to begin his round.

He then drained more putts for birdies on 14 and 16 before the two-putt on 17 meant he needed just a par from the last - where up to that point there had been just one bogey all day. "It was just one of those days when everything went right and of course it helped that the conditions were so gentle and that there was no wind".

Grace's record score came one year after Phil Mickelson nearly became the first to shoot 62 until his birdie putt on the 18th at Royal Troon in the first round swirled around the edge of the cup. Grace still deserves all the credit in the world, it's not like this is the first round in a major championship where Mother Nature has opened the door for scoring. "I knew I was obviously playing really well, and making the turn in five-under was pretty special", he said.

"You can see from my reaction I didn't know what was going on".

"I honestly didn't know", he said.

Rory McIlroy chipped in for birdie on the fourth to surge to three-under, while unheralded Canadian youngster Austin Connelly holed his second shot on the par-4 second to join McIlroy as benign Birkdale came under attack. I missed a couple of shorter ones, but I made up for them with a couple of nice ones.

Grace's round featured eight birdies without a single bogey.

Playing with Jason Dufner (66), Grace appeared loose down the stretch and laughed a few times at Dufner comments.

"It is always hard to follow a good round, because you go out with the same expectations that you are playing well", Grace said. But obviously I knocked in the 2-footer or 3-footer.

The 2014 Open champion at Hoylake built on his strong finish to his opening round on Thursday, when he shot a one-over 71, to fire a 68 that put him safely in the clubhouse at one under par.