By Nigel Hampshire

South African Branden Grace, with little wind and scarce rain, and clobbered Royal Birkdale for the first 62 in 442 major championships contested by men in the British Open.

Grace made eight birdies and no bogeys on the massive par-70 layout where sand dunes frame each hole. Thirty-one players had previously shot 63, the latest Justin Thomas in the third round of the U.S. Open in June.

But Grace was far from the only one who produced roars that whistled through the dunes. For the third consecutive day, young Texan Jordan Spieth (above) teed up impressive golf, taking one more solid step to the third leg of the career grand slam. The winner of the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open turned in a superb 65, his second such number for the week, to move to 11 under through 54 holes. With a birdie on the last, Spieth, the only player in the field to finish all three rounds in the 60s, extended his lead to three shots with 18 to play.