Grace shoots historic first 62 in the majors

It is not the lowest score to par in a men's major though, with seven players scoring nine under on par-72 courses.

Grace was oblivious to all of it, falling into a steady diet of fairways and greens, and making enough putts.

"It makes it even more special now to be in the history books".

Saturday was a historic day at Birkdale, and Grace will be remembered as the first to ever shoot a 62 in a major.

The South African had no idea that he was headed for history Saturday, that his eight-birdie round of 62 in the British Open was the lowest ever in a major championship.

Grace's feat comes after 31 rounds of 63 had been recorded across the four majors, with Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson having done so at last year's Open. On NBC, Jim "Bones" Mackay, in his first stint as a regular announcer, said to Dan Hicks, "Dan, I gotta tell ya, don't tell Johnny I said this, but there's a 62 out there today".

That was level with England's Ian Poulter, who started the day three shots behind Spieth but failed to take advantage of the conditions and made five bogeys in a scratchy 71.

Grace's record round stands out in part because of the sheer peculiarity of the near-62 misses.

"It feels great now, I didn't know to be honest", said Grace.

A birdie putt at the 15th lipped out but Grace responded by holing a long effort at the par-four next, before getting to eight under with a two-putt gain at the par-five 17th.

On the Par-4 17th hole, he hit a handsome second shot on to the green that left him a tap-in birdie to go to 8-under.

"My whole thing on the 18th was trying just not to make bogey, " he said. In the second round of the 2007 US PGA Championship, Tiger Woods' 16-foot putt on the final hole hit the edge of the cup and spun out. And then there was Jack Nicklaus in the first round of Baltusrol for the 1980 U.S. Open. Miller's record was 33 years after Lloyd Mangrum was the first to shoot 64 in a major, at the 1940 Masters. And to do it at a special place at one of the events that I actually like playing, at The Open.