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PGA Championship Round 3 Winners, Losers: Shane Lowry thrives, Scheffler struggles

The third round of the PGA Championship was relatively quiet after chaos and tragedy struck employees, fans and PGA Tour players Friday morning at Valhalla Golf Club.

However, the day started late again. This time the start time was delayed due to fog. Round two concluded by mid-morning, and travel day officially began at 11:30 a.m. ET. The players ran in groups of three on either side of the course, but all completed their third round before dark.

Saturday’s round was nicknamed “Emotional Day” as various players jumped up and down the leaderboard. Some players made the most of the soft conditions, but for others nothing went their way.

Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa head into the final day with a one-point lead.

Schauffele is aiming to go wire-to-wire, while Morikawa is trying to complete the third leg of his career Grand Slam.

winner:

sahis segara

Saheeth Segala made the most of his day on Saturday. He shot a 4-under 67, placing him in sole third place at 14 under, one stroke behind the leader.

One of the best moments of his round came on the 15th. I tipped his ball in. From the rough. He made his fifth birdie of the day.

The 26-year-old continues to grow in confidence. Saturday’s 67 points gave him a lot of momentum going into the majors, and he seems happy to be in this position.

“It means everything. This is why we play, to be in contention late Sunday,” said Segala.

“I’ve never been to this place before. The other great thing about the majors was the huge backdoor. Tomorrow it’s going to feel different. I felt a lot of that feeling today. I was able to overcome the nerves and stick to my process. I’m playing really well, so I want to keep improving and I’m going to have a lot of fun tomorrow. It would be great to embrace that, because it’s a feeling you don’t often experience.”

Shane Lowry and Team Europe

Shane Lowry tied the scoring record with a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Saturday. He matched Schauffele’s score Thursday with 62 points for the pair this tournament, the lowest in major championship history.

The Irishman entered the fray having climbed over 20 places on the leaderboard. He is scheduled to face Seagala on Sunday in hopes of winning his second career major.

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Meanwhile, many other Europeans also attend the Valhalla Golf Club. Lowry ranks in the top 10 with three of his Ryder Cup teammates. On Saturday, Viktor Hovland shot a bogey-free 66, snapping his streak of consecutive 66s in the tournament. The Norwegian golfer has been seeing immediate results since Hovland and swing coach Joe Mayo reunited.

Justin Rose and Robert McIntyre both sit at 12 under after impressive rounds. Rose shot a 7-under 64, the second-lowest score of the day, and McIntyre shot a 5-under 66.

The European team is right up there and could steal a second major from the Americans.

bryson dechambeau

Bryson DeChambeau’s exhilarating eagle holeout was one of the championship’s best moments. This shot him up the leaderboard, tying Lowry and Hovland at 13 under.

“It’s exhilarating. I haven’t felt like this in a long time,” DeChambeau said of the holeout.

“The only other time I felt that way was when I shot 58 at the Greenbrier. That was pretty exciting. I was pretty excited.”

He celebrated with a Tiger Woods-style fist pump.

He is now 2 strokes behind the leader with a 4-under 67. Needless to say, DeChambeau could give LIV Golf its second straight PGA Championship since Brooks Koepka won at Oak Hill in 2023.

loser:

Scotty Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler shot his first over-par round since last August. He plummeted down the leaderboard without Ted Scott on the bag. Is he still feeling the effects of what happened on Friday, or was it just a bad day for him?

PGA Championship, Scotty Scheffler, Shane Lowry

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Nevertheless, he shot a 2-over 73 on Saturday and started the day with a double bogey on the second hole and back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth holes.

Many expected Scheffler to fight after he shot a 66 on Friday. However, Mr. Scott left for the rounds to attend his daughter’s graduation ceremony. He plans to return to Scheffler’s bag for Sunday’s round.

Scheffler is at 7 under par, seven strokes behind the leader. Justin Thomas overcame that flaw a few years ago at Oklahoma State. But Valhalla is too soft and accessible for that to happen.

PGA Championship, Valhalla Golf Club, Shane Lowry, Scottie Scheffler

Navigate Valhalla

Navigating Valhalla can be difficult if you’re not familiar with the courses. Needless to say, the further you get from the clubhouse, the worse the cell phone signal gets. Fans crowded the sidewalks. As with most major championships, the greens are crowded with players, but it always feels chaotic.

The concession area is densely packed and multiple points on the course seem too far from everything.

Amenities are plentiful, but the layout could have been better.

These examples are further reasons why Valhalla, while not the best course for a major championship, could become a regular venue on the PGA Tour.

PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy, Scotty Scheffler, Shane Lowry

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy also fell off the leaderboard on travel day. He shot a 3-under 68 and is tied for 19th on the leaderboard. He started the day with a bogey on No. 1, but was red hot midway through the round.

The Northern Irishman made five birdies in seven holes. However, he lost two strokes on the 14th and 16th. The four-time major champion birdied No. 18 but appears to be too far down the leaderboard to have a shot at the title on Sunday.

McIlroy’s drought of major championships looks set to continue.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.For more golf coverage, follow us @_PlayingThrough On all major social platforms. You can also follow her on Twitter @SportsGirls and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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