One for the record books

PGA Championship 2024: Shane Lowry came THIS close to shooting the first 61 in major championship history

May 18, 2024

Andy Lyons

Shane Lowry came within inches of putting his name alone in golf's record book on Saturday at Valhalla. He happily settled for sharing a piece of history—and playing his way into serious contention for a second career major.

Lowry fired a Saturday 62 at the PGA Championship to tie the record for the lowest score ever shot in a major. Still, he couldn't help feeling at least a tad disappointed not recording the first 61 ever in one of golf's four big events after not birdieing either of Valhalla's back-nine par 5s.

That included the 18th, where Lowry's third shot gave him a great look from about 12 feet. Here's how his attempt went:

That close. But again, there's nothing wrong with a 62 at a major—especially on the weekend. Lowry tied the record held by Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele, who has shot two 62s, including one in the opening round.

And that was about the only putt Lowry missed all day. As stats guru Justin Ray noted, it was the best putting performance of the Irishman's career.

Not that Lowry was the only player going low on Saturday. Within his own group, playing partner and longtime Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose shot 64 to tie the low round of his career in majors.

“We were egging each other on,” Lowry told CBS’ Amanda Balionis after. “We were both trying to get back into the tournament.”

And that's exactly what they both did. At 13 under Lowry was the clubhouse leader late on Saturday with Rose just a shot behind him.