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Schauffele Sets New Record with Multiple 62s in Majors

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  • Schauffele, coming off a runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championship, recorded nine birdies in a flawless round at Valhalla Golf Club, marking the first 62 in PGA Championship history and just the fourth in any men’s major.
  • He and Koepka, who also had a strong start with an eagle and a long birdie, both finished the day at four under.

Xander Schauffele leads by three shots after making history in the opening round of the PGA Championship.

Schauffele, coming off a runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championship, recorded nine birdies in a flawless round at Valhalla Golf Club, marking the first 62 in PGA Championship history and just the fourth in any men’s major.

Tony Finau and Sahith Theegala share second place at six under, while Rory McIlroy is among a group another stroke back. Pre-tournament favorites Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka are five shots behind Schauffele.

Schauffele, who began on the back nine, birdied five holes in his first nine and continued his momentum with four more birdies, ending with a bogey-free 62.

This performance ties him with Rickie Fowler (US Open 2023) and Branden Grace (The Open 2017) for the lowest rounds in majors.

“I think not winning makes you want to win more,” Schauffele said. “It makes me work harder and harder.”

Finau and Theegala both had strong starts, with Theegala finishing his round with three consecutive birdies. McIlroy, aiming for his fifth major title, carded a five-under 66, similar to his opening round when he won the PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2014.

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Scheffler, playing for the first time since the birth of his son, eagled the first hole but mixed four birdies with two bogeys. He and Koepka, who also had a strong start with an eagle and a long birdie, both finished the day at four under.

Tiger Woods, a former winner at Valhalla, struggled with the greens, finishing with a one-over 73. Despite the tough start, he remains hopeful for the rounds ahead.

Other notable performances include Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre and Collin Morikawa, who are tied at five under, and Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau, who are part of a group at three under. Jon Rahm, after a rough start, managed to end his round under par.

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