Assessing Branden Grace’s 62
Grace(ful) 62 makes history
Some days when I am on the last hole and I know I’m playing well, I will count up my score really quick.
Oh sweet, 85 with one to play. Imagine counting it up and having 58 on the 18th tee box.
I wouldn’t be able to hit a ball in the air.
The 29-year-old said after his round at the Open Championship that he never knew he was on the cusp of making history.
62 is the lowest score ever posted in a major. All the years of majors, no one had ever shot 62.
A very impressive feat for a very good golfer.
Pounding the ball an average of 310 yards off the tee, he wasn’t just long, he was placing the ball as he hit 71% of fairways in the process.
Once he was on the fairway he was throwing darts at the green, hitting 89% of greens in regulation, ball striking clinic.
And once on the green, it only took him 28 putts on 18 holes for the little white ball to fall into the hole.
Many people are discrediting and talking down Grace’s 62 saying that the course was set up way too easy for a day with almost no wind, soaked greens and nice weather.
Why make it easier with pin location?
In Grace’s defense, he was +4 going into the day so he could pretty much fire at the pin at will without being scared and going with the safe shot. It was fire away all day, so that helped.
But no matter what the par was, or how easy the course was, 62 is a 62.
The craziest thing about the 62, Dustin Johnson fired a 64 moments after Grace’s 62 and we almost had history twice in the same round.
So sorry Johnny Miller, your 63 means nothing now.