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European golf stars make ‘moving day’ at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Moving day is real.

This isn’t just a cute, fancy saying that the PGA Tour came up with as a marketing slogan.

It’s true.

The same goes for two players who play well in the playing group and feed off each other.

Ask Shane Lowry and Justin Rose.

Lowry entered his third round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla on Saturday tied for 29th and eight shots through 36 holes. He started 1 hour and 39 minutes before the last leading group.

Then he went out and climbed the leaderboard like some of the big horses did on the inside rail at nearby Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derbies.

Lowry, the 37-year-old Irishman, shot 9-under-par 62 and flirted with history, watching a makeable birdie putt on 18 for a 61, a number that has never been posted in golf history. major championships.

At the end of the day, Lowry stood at 13 under par, just two shots behind leaders Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, in his quest for a second career major to go with his 2019 British Open triumph at Portrush.

Alongside Lowry in his trio was Rose, who shot a 64-under-par to reach 12-under-par and in excellent position to win his second career major championship, to go along with his victory at the 2013 US Open at Merion .

Australian Jason Day was the third wheel of the group. He shot an under-par 69 on Saturday and left the course as if he had just been mugged.

Shane Lowry grimaces as he smiles after missing a birdie chance that would have given him a major championship record 61 in the third round of the PGA Championship. He settled for a 62. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

The first and second rounds on Thursday and Friday are intended to qualify, secure start times and positioning for the weekend.

Saturday’s third round is “moving day.”

Lowry and Rose moved. Boy, did they move.

“I enjoyed every minute of it, obviously,” Lowry said. “Probably the most disappointed person who could ever shoot 62. I knew what was at stake.”

The fateful final putt?

Justin Rose, who shot a 64, holed his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship. Matt Matt Stone-USA TODAY Sports

“I really, really wanted to break through — probably too much,” Lowry said. “I kind of took a step back and allowed myself to enjoy the moment. It was a pretty cool moment to experience. That would have been a pretty cool time to close the deal and get it done. (I) just didn’t hit the ball hard enough. I read it well and just pulled myself out of the hole.

Then Lowry added: “Look, I went in there with a job to do today, and my job was to try to get myself back into the tournament, and I definitely did that.”

The same went for Rose, who later joked that her round was “pretty average compared to Shane.”

“I had a weird feeling I was going to shoot 61 today,” Rose said. “I kind of felt like it was gone. There was good energy there. You too feed off the crowd. The crowd was interested in the day. They saw that I was doing well. They could see that Shane was okay.

“Once you sniff the rankings, the intensity increases. This keeps you focused, keeps you hungry, and keeps you pushing forward.

Justin Rose (right) greets Shane Lowry after they both finished impressive third rounds at the PGA Championship. P.A.

Lowry said his goal at the start of the day was simple.

“I thought if I could get to double digits, that was the plan,” he said. “If I could shoot 65, I felt like I would be there (although) I would obviously need at least another 65 (Sunday) if I did that. That’s what I wanted to do, but obviously doing a little bit better is good.

Rose and Lowry are both aiming for their second career major championship, and they will still come back behind on Sunday as they were on Saturday, but much closer to the lead.

“I still believe in myself, I still believe that I have these opportunities in me (to win) major tournaments, for sure,” Rose said.

“Obviously you come here at the start of every major championship and you know what it means to win one,” Lowry said. “I had the chance to do it before. Winning one is pretty good, but winning several, you’re kind of on a different level. It would mean a lot to me tomorrow.

Both players were 5 under par through the first seven holes and on the move. As they will have to be on Sunday.

“Today was a lot of fun,” Rose said. “It felt like we had a dream start. Shane and I had the exact same scorecard through the first seven holes – we were both 5 under and rolling, and we were certainly very aware of moving up in the leaderboard.

“It was,” Rose added, “a classic moving day and a job well done.”

Underestimation alert.

New York Post

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