British Open 2017: China's Haotong Li almost matches Branden Grace's major record

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Luglio 24, 2017

Really, he did not know.

BRANDEN GRACE produced the lowest round in major history when he reduced Royal Birkdale to 62 magnificent blows.

Of course, Li's accomplishment was diminished just a bit in light of South African Branden Grace recording the first 62 in major championship history Saturday.

"I was honestly not aware of the 63 record", he continued.

Poulter, who is three shots off leader Jordan Spieth, is grateful to be back among the chasing pack having been at one of his lowest points of his career just three months ago.

For his part, Li was grateful for the support he received from Els, a four-time major victor and twice the Open champ, in 2002 and 2012. In the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus missed a three-footer on the final hole for 62.

"But obviously I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer".

Spieth, a few days from his 24th birthday, is already a Masters and U.S. Open champion.

Phil Mickelson and eventual victor Henrik Stenson both shot 63 in last year's Open at Royal Troon, while Justin Thomas became the 29th player to achieve the feat in last month's US Open.

They found such a lamb that, by the end of the 62, it was wise to wonder how long it might stand alone.

Four other golfers also are ahead of Johnson: 20-year-old Canadian Austin Connelly and American reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka at five-under 205 and Grace and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama at four-under 2016.

"Peter Crouch was!" came the witty reply from one man among the press pack. A 29 going out matched Grace's age.

The low scoring continued as McIlroy holed from four feet on the first, chipped in for birdie on the fourth and two-putted the short fifth for another after driving the green, only to bogey the seventh and eighth.

Li, 21, finished with four straight birdies to set the clubhouse lead on six under. From there he drained eight birdies.

There have been 31 rounds of 63 in the sport's biggest tournaments and Grace's feat prompted a standing ovation at the 18th green as he saluted the packed galleries at Royal Birkdale. Rasego did, but had said earlier, "I don't do interviews". He found the 123-year-old course "in immaculate condition" and "the best I've seen in any links golf in all the time I've been pro". "I can't explain it but it means a lot", Li told Golf Monthly after his round. "And I was like, 'What are you talking about?' Now it makes the day even sweeter", he said. "He never said anything", Grace said.

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