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AS IT STANDS -15 Morikawa; Schauffele; -14 Theegala; -13 Lowry, DeChambeau; Hovland; -12 Rose, MacIntyre; -11 Burmester SELECTED OTHERS – 10 Thomas; -8 McIlroy, Spieth

An electric major championship Sunday awaits. 

Shane Lowry set this PGA Championship alight with an epic charge up a stacked leaderboard and a formidable cavalry is now set for a mad dash towards the Wanamaker Trophy at Valhalla.

Evoking memories of last year’s thrilling Ryder Cup, Lowry traded birdies and fist pumps in an inspirational grouping with Justin Rose on his way to the joint lowest score in major championship history.

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Lowry missed a putt to scribe his name in the record books with a 61 – but nine birdies leaves the Irishman behind just American trio Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Sahith Theegala heading into the final round.

Schauffele and Morikawa are the final group out in the Sunday shootout at -15 under, with Theegala a shot adrift after a 67.

“Yeah, it was pretty good,” Lowry said, rather understatedly after his birdie blitz. “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. I went out there with a job to do today, and my job was to try to get myself back in the tournament, and I definitely did that.”

Schauffele had bounced back from a damaging double bogey on 15 with two birdies to finish.

“It’s another Sunday,” Schauffele said as he chases his maiden major. “I typically love Sundays. I think I need to really just stay in my lane and do a lot of what I’ve been doing and just worry about myself.”

Lowry has some more of the world’s very best for company. Viktor Hovland is lurking at -13 under after a bogey-free 66. Bryson DeChambeau’s chip-in eagle on 18 leaves the box-office Californian poised two shots back.

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Meanwhile, Rose’s sublime 64 was overshadowed by the brilliance of Lowry but the resurgent Englishman is also firmly contention at 12-under.

The other British hope is Robert MacIntyre, who matched his superb 66 from Thursday to give himself a chance of becoming the first male Scottish major winner in 25 years.

World No.1 Scottie Scheffler, who astonishingly shot a 66 just after hours after his arrest on Friday, fell out of contention without his regular caddie Ted Scott as he posted a two-over 73.

Former PGA champions Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka also failed to join the log jam at the top of the leaderboard.

Regardless, we have a tantalising final 18 holes in store in Kentucky. Eight players are within three shots of the lead. The winner of this chaotic major is anyone’s guess.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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