The South African Branden Grace has set a historic golf record with a dream round at the 146th British Open. The 29-year-old was the first golf pro at a Major tournament to complete a round with only 62 beats on the par-70 course of Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. In the 441 tournament major history, the oldest of the four most important tournaments the British open has existed since 1860.
There have so far been 31 laps with 63 beats, but never a 62nd Grace, the Royal Birkdale just barely Cut, played eight birdies and ten par-holes on his record round on Saturday at perfect outer conditions. It feels great to be an extraordinary round from the start said Grace. That he was on record, he did not know. My Caddy has congratulated me on the record, until then I had no idea. Enlarge Colombian Orlando Duque at the Cliff Diving World Series.
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In the overall evaluation, the World Order-35 improved. To 40 places to fifth place with seven beating back to the leading American, Jordan Spieth. The World Grand Prix played a 65 and is ahead of his first victory at the open and his third major success overall. With 199 beats, the 23-year-old has three beats ahead of his compatriot Matt Kuchar, a double Bogey on the 16th whole hard hit.
In the shadow of Grace, the German number one Martin Kaymer played his best lap in Southport on Saturday. The 32-year-old from Mettmann, who had made the cut with effort, finished a par-70 after two seventies on Saturday. Four Bogeys were facing two birdies and one eagle (two under par) at the 15th hole. With four kicks over par (214 beats), Kaymer finished the 52nd place before the closing day. Despite his best lap, he lost seven places in the overall classification because, unlike him, many players remained largely under par for the good conditions.
The pitch was comparatively easy to play said Kaymer, who was struggling with his approach. They were too far from the flag. That was the main reason why it did not really go ahead. Grace has been a professional since 2007 and has so far won a tournament on the PGA Tour and seven on the European Tour. He has experience with record rounds. He has been a co-record holder on the European Tour since a win of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Kings Barns Scotland.