It took 146 years and 442 tournaments. But it finally happened. On a balmy Saturday at Royal Birkdale, South Africa’s Branden Grace became the first-ever player to shoot a 62 in a major championship.
Grace made the turn at 5-under 29 to get the 62 watch going. But after four straight pars the buzz sort of died.
Birdies on 14 and 16, though, turned the buzz back on, and into a legitimate watch.
After Grace made a tap-in birdie on the easy par-5 17th hole, he needed only a par on the 18th to make history.
On the final hole, the 29 year old went long with his approach shot, leaving himself with a rather lengthy two-putt for par. But he did it.
The world No. 35 lagged his first putt to about two feet, and tapped in for the record 62.
Record breaker! @brandengrace shoots the lowest round in major history (62). #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/SjY1RSRvmh
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 22, 2017