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US PGA Championship: Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa inseparable going into Sunday

Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa are heading for a Sunday shootout at the 2024 US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Schauffele bounced back from a costly double bogey on the 15th to birdie the last two holes and card a third round of 68, his 15-under-par total matched by Ryder Cup team-mate Morikawa thanks to a 67.

"I know I still have it in me," said Morikawa, who won both the 2020 US PGA and 2021 Open Championship on his tournament debut.

"It sucked to finish like that at Augusta and it sucked to lose to Scottie, but what's exciting is that, at the end of the day, I knew I had three more majors coming up and to prep for that and get things as sharp as possible and just come out strong.

"It's obviously nice to get off to this start."

Starting from the 10th, Morikawa birdied the 13th and 18th to reach the turn in 34 before making five consecutive birdies from the fourth.

"The little five-birdie run was me just playing solid golf and sometimes when the putts drop, that's what happened," he added.

"But for the most part, that's the kind of golf I'm going to ask for myself over the next two days and 36 holes, to just stay present, hit your shots, execute them and, if the putts drop, the putts drop."

Fellow American Sahith Theegala was a shot behind following his own 67, with Shane Lowry, Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland on 13 under and Robert MacIntyre and Justin Rose another stroke back.

Lowry covered his first 17 holes in nine under par and needed to birdie the last to card the first 61 in men's major championship history but missed from 12 feet and had to settle for a record-equalling 62.

"To be honest, I would have liked it if I went one lower, and I'm disappointed to miss it, but I went out with a job to get myself back in the tournament, and I did that," the 2019 Open champion said.

"It will take a lot of the same [to win]. Somebody could come from behind as the course is gettable. I'm going to enjoy what I did and go out and fight hard and give my best to win this trophy."

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