Jordan Spieth emerges from epic duel to win British Open

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South African Branden Grace shot the first 62 in the history of men's major championships with a third round eight under par at Royal Birkdale.

"Now you're all going to ask the same question", Grace said with a very big grin, soon adding, "Let's get it out of the way: I didn't know what was going on on 18".

"I honestly had no idea that 62 was the record. For some reason since hole No. 8 I just start holing everything", Li told reporters.

A rain-softened course was there for the taking and the 29-year-old helped himself to eight birdies, needing just a par up the last to make history.

" I didn't know what was going on on 18".

"When you get on a run like that, you stop thinking about golf".

If Spieth can finish Sunday what he has constructed over three grinding rounds at Royal Birkdale, he will be three-quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam at 24 and come to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in three weeks looking to join the most exclusive club in professional golf.

According to Grace, he wasn't even aware of his record-setting round as it was happening.

Matt Kuchar, who started the day in second place at four-under and went out with Spieth in the last pairing, also went out in three-under-par 31 to go to -7 overall. He will be at 4 under entering Sunday's final round.

Lloyd Mangrum shot the first 64 in a major in 1940 and that record stood 33 years until Johnny Miller's 63.

A 63 had been recorded 10 times previously in the British Open, twice a year ago at Royal Troon, when Phil Mickelson did it in the opening round only for eventual victor Henrik Stenson to match him on the Sunday.

Tiger Woods had a vicious lip-out in his bid for 62 in the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

There have been 10 scores of 63 at The Open, with only Jodie Mudd shooting the score at Royal Birkdale. One of them, Justin Thomas, did it just last month at the U.S. Open, with his third-round score of 63 against par-72 to set against Grace's third-round score of 62 against par-70.

Spieth, 23, finished 11 under to close in on his third major title after winning the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015.

For more than 40 years, 63 has been the magic number in a major championship.

Jason Dufner, who played with Grace, is one of the players to shoot 63 in a major.

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