Grace shatters major record, Johnson makes move

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jul 2017 08:50:32


SOUTHPORT (England),


SOUTH Africa’s Branden Grace shot a blistering round of 62, the lowest ever in a men’s major championship, as the players made hay in benign conditions at the British Open on Saturday.
Grace, the world number 35, picked up eight birdies in a flawless third round to move to four under par, two shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.


There have been 31 rounds of 63 in major championships and Grace’s feat prompted a standing ovation at the 18th green as he saluted the packed galleries at Royal Birkdale.
“I honestly had no idea that was something historic,” Grace told reporters. “I knew I was playing well and I was just in the zone. I didn’t know 62 was the lowest ever but now it makes it even more special. If my caddie knew he never said anything; good on him!” American world number one Dustin Johnson also made a significant move up the leaderboard by collecting six birdies in his first 15 holes to get to three under. Heavy rain and swirling crosswinds had made scoring difficult in the second round but the sun came out on Saturday morning and the world’s top players took full advantage. Local favourite Tommy Fleetwood, gave the home fans something to cheer about with a fine round of 66 and former world number one Jason Day of Australia shot 65 to move to level par.


Spieth, the world number three and twice major champion, will tee off in the final group out with fellow American Matt Kuchar who trails him by two shots.
Lahiri, Kapur miss cut by narrow one-shot margin
ANIRBAN Lahiri came within a whisker of squeezing into the weekend, before a visit to the bunker on the very last hole, ended his hopes by one shot at the Open here.


Lahiri was hanging by a slender thread at two-over and a total of five-over, which turned out to be the cut line, when he came to the 18th tee at Royal Birkdale. His drive landed in fairway bunker, from where he ended with a bogey and finished at 73 for a total of six-over and one shot adrift.On the last hole, Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour number one, opted for a driver where a three-wood may have been better.