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Amazing Grace shatters major golf record, Johnson makes move

Derrick Tucker | 23 July, 2017, 00:57

South Africa's Shaun Norris, who went out on his own in the first tee time of the day at 9:20am (0820 GMT), also shot 65 to go level par overall. He finished the par-34 front nine with a pair of birdies on the eighth and ninth, turning in 29 strokes and making a rapid charge up the leaderboard after beginning the day tied for 45th place.

"I was just so in the zone of playing, hole after hole".

"It was a special day", Grace said after his record round.

Grace's caddie didn't even know until Jason Dufner's caddie told him as the South African stood over his final putt. Phil Mickelson's lip-out at Troon past year was the most recent of inexplicable moments where odd bounces and cruel lip-outs prevented a barrier-busting round. Tony Jacklin, the last English player to win The Open on home soil back in 1969, is the offi cial ambassador for the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, August 8-11. Jodie Mudd shot 63 here at Birkdale in 1991. "I promise you", Grace added. "And obviously it makes me feel a lot better after the score I shot today".

"It is always hard to follow a good round, because you go out with the same expectations that you are playing well", Grace said. It was a special round from the start and I just wanted to make more birdies.

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Grace will find himself teeing off in one of the later pairs come Sunday when anything can happen, and as fans who remember the finale of last year's Open Championship well know.

He also equaled the record for the lowest ever round on the European Tour when he shot a 12-under-par 60 at Kingsbarns in his 2012 victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In 2015, he carded a 64 in the third round of the PGA Championship.

Played under partly-sunny, nearly wind-free skies - a day after wind and rain greeted the field - a softened Birkdale remained in flawless playing condition with turf as pristine as any Grace has enjoyed in six previous Opens.

"I honestly didn't", he said.

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