23 July, 2017
In light of Branden Grace's major championship record 8-under 62 - the first 62 ever recorded in any major championship - it's worth taking a look at all the low scores fired in recent major championships.
Grace's 2017 Open campaign had not started perfectly with two bogeys in the first four holes but he bounced back to finish with an even-par 70.
"I had no idea whatsoever that was the lowest", Grace said.
"I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole".
Grace's bogey-free round featured birdies at the first, third, fourth, eighth, ninth, 14th, 16th and 17th - with a crucial par save at the last securing the historic number.
"I didn't know what was going on on 18, I promise you", Grace said.
"When you get on a run like that, you stop thinking about golf".
"He did it with his ball-striking".
Hugh Freeze resignation at Ole Miss has Millwood's Israel Antwine questioning commitment
Ole Miss opens the season on September 2 against South Alabama, the team that opened 2016 by beating Mississippi State. This is a conversation I've had a couple of times since Freeze was hired before the 2012 season.
Jordan Spieth leads the championship at six under par, two shots ahead of fellow American Matt Kuchar. They include arguably the best round yet played, Johnny Miller's 63 to win at the barbaric Oakmont in the 1973 U.S. Open.
Now Grace is in the thick of the race to the Claret Jug.
The lowest round in a women's major is 61, shot by Hyo-Joo Kim in the 2014 Evian Championship.
On his third-round performance: "Fortunately I hit some really good shots today, a lot better than I have the last couple of days, and shot a really good score".
Grace, whose playing partner Jason Dufner shot a 66, insisted after his round that he had no idea he had made history. "It's a great experience for him; semi-cool for me".
"I think I'm in a position where it can be very advantageous, just everything I've gone through, the good, the bad and everything in the middle. So what a special place to get myself into the history books". Miller dinged the accomplishment in what was more than a backhanded compliment, pejoratively referring to the easier U.S. Open setup in Wisconsin as a "Greater Milwaukee Open".