PGA Championship Winners and Losers: Bryson DeChambeau, Sahith Theegala Surging

The Europeans made a charge on Moving Day while Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay couldn’t take advantage of a vulnerable Valhalla. 
Bryson DeChambeau is sure to make it interesting Sunday, one way or another.
Bryson DeChambeau is sure to make it interesting Sunday, one way or another. / Clare Grant/Courier Journal / USA TODAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Round 3 of the 2024 PGA Championship is in the books, and we call 'em like we see 'em. Here's our winners and losers with 18 holes remaining at Valhalla.

Winners

The 2023 European Ryder Cup Team: No European has won the PGA since Rory McIlroy at Valhalla in 2014, but Shane Lowry and Justin Rose fed off each other to get into contention Saturday, and Viktor Hovland and Robert MacIntyre are also in the picture. Oh, and Luke Donald made the cut this week too.

Sahith Theegala: The 26-year-old Californian is one of the game’s bright young stars who feels like he’s about to burst in a big way, and making six birdies over his last 10 holes Saturday was studly stuff. He’s one off the lead and in the penultimate group Sunday with a prime opportunity for a maiden major title.

Bryson DeChambeau: The Mad Scientist was tied for the lead through two rounds last month at Augusta and he’s squarely in the hunt at this PGA with one round to go after an eagle at 18 Saturday. He’ll make it interesting Sunday one way or another, right?

Losers

Scottie Scheffler: We shouldn’t be surprised that the world No. 1 could have an emotional letdown after an all-time bizarre Friday that ended with a steely 66. But still, a 73 on Moving Day where the field averaged 69.55 was a stunner. He made five bogeys and a double bogey, which feels like more than he’s made in the last three months combined.

Brooks Koepka: His first four major titles came in pairs but he won’t be pairing up his 2023 PGA Championship after a 74 in Round 3 that was tied for the third-worst in the field Saturday.

Patrick Cantlay: Mid-60s Moving Day rounds were out there and Cantlay needed one to make Sunday interesting but shot a 2-over 73 to sit T60. The world No. 8 only has four top 10s and one top-5 in 25 majors as a pro, which is a head-scratcher. 


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John Schwarb

JOHN SCHWARB

John Schwarb is the senior golf editor for Sports Illustrated whose career has spanned more than 25 years covering sports. He’s been featured on ESPN.com, PGATour.com, The Golfers Journal and Tampa Bay Times. He’s also the author of The Little 500: The Story of the World's Greatest College Weekend. A member of the Golf Writers Association of America, John is based in Indianapolis.