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US PGA Championship - Day three digest

US PGA Championship - Day three digest

Everything you need to know from day three of the second Major Championship of the season.

Shane Lowry

We had a tie at the top, Shane Lowry was chasing history as part of a stellar group, Robert MacIntyre was doing it for Scotland and fans were jockeying for position on day three of the US PGA Championship.

Here is everything you need to know from Saturday at Valhalla Golf Club.

Tied at the top

Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele will share the lead heading into the final round. Schauffele has led the way since an opening 62 but he has been reeled in by the field and will have a packed leaderboard to contend with on Sunday. A second consecutive 68 in round three moved him to 15 under as he looks for a first Major Championship title and he was joined there by 2020 champion Morikawa who carded a 67. Another American in Sahith Theegala was at 14 under after a 67 of his own, one shot clear of Major winners Lowry and Bryson DeChambeau and Norway's Viktor Hovland.

Historic 62 for Lowry

Lowry matched the lowest round in Major Championship history with a stunning 62 to move right into contention. The Irishman started the day eight shots off the lead but carded six birdies on the front nine to turn in 29 and holed two lengthy putts on the 13th and 14th to join the lead. Another gain on the 17th meant a birdie on the par-five last would make him the first man to card a 61 in a Major but after finding rough off the tee he had to lay up and missed his 12-footer for birdie. "It was pretty good," he said of his round. "I enjoyed it. I enjoyed every minute of it, obviously. Probably the most disappointed anyone can ever be shooting 62. I knew what was at stake." He heads into Sunday just two back.

Rose enjoys the Shane show

Justin Rose enjoyed watching Lowry make Major Championship history on a day when the duo produced some scintillating golf. The Englishman started the day a shot ahead of his playing partner and that was still the case after seven holes as they produced matching scorecards: making four birdies in row from the second and adding another on the seventh. While Lowry picked up a shot on the ninth, Rose made a bogey before both men recorded three birdies on the way in. "It was a great day, an exciting day," said Rose. "Playing alongside Shane, it was a good day for the DP World Tour boys. I was watching him and thinking about the magical 61 number which he had a putt for on 18. As a competitor you don't want to fall too far behind anybody but at the same time it would be a cool thing to witness." Rose starts the final round three shots off the lead.

Proud Scot Bob stays in the mix

MacIntyre said after his first-round 66 that he was in a happy place after three weeks back in Oban and with his mum on-site this week. He has followed that 66 with a 69 and another 66 and heads into the final day just three shots off the lead in his quest for a maiden Major. "I'll just try and do as much the same as I can," he said. "Just accept that you don't mean to hit bad golf shots but they'll happen at some point so just deal with it. The support has been unbelievable back home, all over Europe has been great but Scotland is my home and I hope I'm doing them proud. I'm just going to try my best."

Under starter's orders

Golf may the biggest show in town this week but our host US state is usually more famous for horse racing and the Kentucky Derby. These fans were certainly in the spirit.


A slippery one

Do you get many of these at your local club? This guy earned his money on Saturday.

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