Grace breaks major single round record with 62

Grace breaks major single round record with 62

His low ball flight and straight hitting is ideal for keeping the ball under wind and getting the most run possible from the firm fairways, and he can run the table on the greens with his "claw" grip. Mickelson said afterwards: "I want to cry".

"I honestly didn't", he said.

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.

In truth, Grace's score could have been even better as he missed a number of putts at the start of the back nine. Phil Mickelson's lip-out at Troon previous year was the most recent of inexplicable moments where odd bounces and cruel lip-outs prevented a barrier-busting round.

Grace's round, the lowest in the history of the majors, saw him move from four over par overnight to four-under. Then he made a 35-footer for birdie on the 16th hole, a routine birdie on the par-5 17th and capped it off with a par on the 18th hole to make major championship history. "I was so in the zone and playing the round so well", Grace said.

On whether he could have matched the 62 on Branden Grace: "I think we could have been sniffing around those numbers as well". But obviously I knocked in the 2-footer or 3-footer. Grace's second shot at the last, a pitching wedge from 165 yards, jumped a bit from light rough and ended slightly over the green, leaving a 50-foot downhiller.

The 23-year-old calmly collected three birdies on the front nine and with Kuchar keeping pace, the pair kept the rest of the field at arm's length.

There will surely be unresolved debate about what's better, a 62 on a par-70 course or a 63 on a par-72.

Prior to Grace's round, there had been 31 players to shoot 63 in a major, starting with Johnny Miller during the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he won his first major title. "That is sweet", Miller, now a golf analyst, said as NBC flashed a 62 on the screen. "He had to go through the gauntlet. It was set up really, really easy today, folks, but still a heck of a round".

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