Another 62: Shane Lowry Ties Major Record Saturday at PGA Championship

Two days after Xander Schauffele did it, the Irishman became the fifth player to shoot 62 in a major.
Shane Lowry is the fifth player to shoot 62 in a major championship.
Shane Lowry is the fifth player to shoot 62 in a major championship. / Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shane Lowry tied the lowest score in major championship history Saturday, narrowly missing a birdie at the last hole to set the record but settling for a 62 during the third round of the PGA Championship.

Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion from Ireland, made 9 birdies and some history.

The lowest score in a major of 62 has now been shot five times, including Thursday by Xander Schauffele, who has been leading the PGA Championship since the first round.

He had a chance to set the record with an 11-foot birdie try on the 18th but saw the putt break to the left at the hole.

“I enjoyed every minute of it, obviously,” he said. “Probably the most disappointed anyone can ever be shooting 62. I knew what was at stake. Just didn't hit the ball hard enough. Had it on a good read and just broke away from the hole. Look, 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.

“It's nice to finally see a few going in the hole because it's been a slow year for me on the greens. It's been nice to see it this week.

"Look, when I got here, I saw the greens. The greens are beautiful. They're a nice pace to hole putts. It was nice to see a few going in.”

South Africa’s Branden Grace set the record of 62 at the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale. Schauffele and Rickie Fowler matched it last year during the opening round of the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

Before Grace’s 62, no player had shot better than 63 in any major, which still remains the record low score for the Masters and has been shot just twice at Augusta National.

Johnny Miller was the first to shoot 63 in any major during the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

When he finished, Lowry was at 13 under par and one stroke behind Schauffele, who was still on the course. When Lowry teed off Saturday, two hours before the leaders, he was T29.

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