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Pure Grace! First 62 In Major History

24 July 2017

On a day when Branden Grace made golfing history, shooting the lowest round ever in a major championship, Jordan Spieth continued along the path to making his own. Afterall, his 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont stood as the gold standard of major golf scores for what feels like forever.

World number two Hideki Matsuyama of Japan carded 66 to join Grace at four under, one ahead of American world number one Dustin Johnson (64), defending champion Henrik Stenson (65), Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello (67) and American Chan Kim (67).

Rory McIlroy squandered a flying start to card a 69 and finish on two under alongside Scotland's Richie Ramsay and the English duo of Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter. He stalled slightly on at the start of the back nine with four pars in a row but kicked into gear again, with a 35ft birdie putt on the par-3 14th and another on the 16th.

"That would be incredible", Spieth said. However, the last six times he has held a 36-hole lead, he has converted five.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka also went to five-under thanks to a run of three straight birdies from the 3rd.

The bad news for the chasing pack is that Spieth has converted five of his last 36-hole leads into victories.

"Getting clapped on to every green and every tee and people that you know".

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Scoring conditions are definitely going to see the leaders move further away from the -4 score Grace posted for 54 holes, but he has put himself in with a chance to compete on the final day.

Spieth said: "Matt keeps things light".

"Now you're all going to ask the same question", Grace said with a very large grin, soon adding, "Let's get it out of the way: I didn't know what was going on on 18". "I was playing with him but not focused on him".

"And obviously it makes me feel a lot better after the score I shot today".

"I thought if I could make a couple more on the back nine, then it's going to be a great score".

Others did know. The 2015 PGA Championship victor Jason Day, having played five groups before Grace, said, "I think this is a good formula to see maybe the first 62 in a major championship". "I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever". But he had two putts to finish it off, and after dropping the first one close to the hole, he closed it out and made history. "I know he (Lu) was a long time ago but, wow, what a legend", said Li.

Pure Grace! First 62 In Major History