Golf: Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa share PGA Championship lead heading into final round

Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele after their third rounds.
Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele after their third rounds. Photo credit: Getty Images

Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa hold a two-way share of the PGA Championship lead after the third round at Louisville, Kentucky, while Shane Lowry made an epic charge up a jam-packed leaderboard and Scottie Scheffler lost ground.

Schauffele, who held the solo lead after the first two rounds, birdied the final two holes at Valhalla Golf Club, en route to a three-under-par 68 that left him at 15 under on the week and level with twice Major winner Morikawa (67).

Six players are within two strokes of the leaders entering the final round, including Sahith Theegala (67), who made five back-nine birdies and sits alone in third place.

Former British Open winner Lowry, whose 62 matched the lowest score in Major championship history, LIV Golf's Bryson DeChambeau (67), who eagled the final hole, and Viktor Hovland (66) were sitting two shots back.

In search of his first Major, Schauffele was fresh off draining a 29-foot birdie putt at the 14th to open a two-shot cushion, before encountering trouble at the par-four 15th, where his second shot found the long rough, leading to a double-bogey.

Moments later, Morikawa's birdie putt from five feet at the same hole circled right around the cup, before dropping in and giving him a one-shot lead.

Kiwi Ryan Fox.
Kiwi Ryan Fox. Photo credit: Getty Images

Schauffele refused to back down and went on to tap in for birdie at the par-four 17th, after his brilliant approach shot from 141 yards settled two feet from the cup, before he and Morikawa both birdied the last.

Englishman Justin Rose, who has recorded five consecutive top-15 finishes at the PGA Championship, also moved into the mix with five front-nine birdies, en route to a 64 that left him three shots back of the leaders and in a share of seventh place with Robert MacIntyre (66).

Kiwi Ryan Fox battled at the bottom of the leaderboard, carding a one-over par round of 72 to sit at one-under overall and in a share of 69th.

World No.1 Scheffler - who began the day three shots off the lead, and shot even par or better in each of his last 42 official rounds on the PGA Tour - fell back with a two-over-par 73 that left him eight shots adrift.

Chasing a fifth win in six starts, the reigning Masters champion was playing a day after being arrested on four counts, including second-degree assault of a police officer, after what he said called a "big misunderstanding" outside Valhalla.