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Xander Schauffele Leads PGA Championship After Record-Breaking Cut

Posted : 18 May 2024

Xander Schauffele maintained his one-stroke lead after the conclusion of the second round of the PGA Championship on Saturday, where a record 78 players made the cut, marking the lowest in tournament history. Schauffele, the reigning Olympic champion, shot a three-under-par 68 on Friday, bringing his total to 12-under 130 after 36 holes. This performance kept him ahead of Collin Morikawa by one stroke and Sahith Theegala by two as the American trio prepared for the third round.


Third-ranked Schauffele, who is in pursuit of his first major title, was set to tee off in the final group at 1:40 p.m. (1740 GMT) alongside Morikawa and Theegala. Meanwhile, top-ranked Scottie Scheffler, who faced a morning arrest after a driving incident at Valhalla, bounced back to shoot a 66, placing him in a tie for fourth at 133. Scheffler, the reigning Masters champion, was scheduled to start in the penultimate third-round group with Mark Hubbard and Belgian Thomas Detry, both also at 133.


The traffic incident that caused Scheffler's arrest also led to significant delays, resulting in 17 players being unable to finish their second rounds on Friday. Among those who resumed play on Saturday was South African Dean Burmester, who eagled the par-5 18th hole to reach a 36-hole total of 134, four strokes off the lead. Burmester expressed his relief at completing his second round, highlighting that it was his best position going into the weekend of a major.


Valhalla's receptive conditions, after being rain-soaked, allowed for aggressive play, contributing to the record-setting cut. The cut at one-under 141 tied the lowest in major golf history, matching records from the 1990 British Open at St. Andrews and the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool. Notable players who missed the cut included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, reigning US Open champion Wyndham Clark, and sixth-ranked Ludvig Aberg.



Jon Rahm's missed cut ended the longest active streak of cuts made at majors, passing the torch to Hideki Matsuyama, who extended his streak to 16 consecutive cuts. Heavy fog delayed the restart on Saturday, leading to changes in the third-round pairing format to ensure completion before sunset.


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