One possibility is Brooks Koepka hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy for the third straight year, which hasn't happened since Walter Hagen won four in a row in the 1920s when it was match play.
He had only one three-putt during the week and only one hole where he marked down something worse than a bogey. "Some days I play better than others, and just got to keep going and keep persisting and see if you can do better the next time".
A birdie on the 15th helped Lowry regain his composure as he carded a 72 to stay eight shots off the lead heading into the weekend.
McIlroy says he was surprised when he heard Koepka say about Dustin Johnson that "he's only won one" major while sizing up his chances going into the final round.
McIlroy was entitled to replace the ball under the supervision of the official without penalty, but said he was "uncomfortable" having dropped it in a more favourable lie which gave him a potential chance to save par. "When I've been in this position before, I've capitalized", Koepka said after shooting a one-under 69.
The 102nd US PGA was put back from May because of the coronavirus pandemic and is being played with no spectators.
In fact, when fielding a question on whether getting the second major feels harder than getting the first, Koepka looked up and said of Johnson in fine gamesmanship, "Well, if you look at the top of the leader board, I'd say yes".
The Englishman, 29, shot a six-under 64 to sit two shots behind China's Li Haotong, who took the lead with a five-under 63 at TPC Harding Park.
"I certainly try to respect everyone out here", McIlroy said.
"Bryson DeChambeau makes 95-foot, 5-inch putt for birdie on 18 - Longest made putt by a player in the field - First made putt over 95 feet on PGA TOUR since 2017", the Tour tweeted.
Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory previous year. A bogey at the 13th made it 12 for the week plus one triple, and no one could hope to compete making that many errors.
An exciting finale appeared assured given the way the course was set up and the condensed leaderboard, with Dustin Johnson leading by a single stroke, with a peleton featuring a dozen players gathered within three shots of the pacemaker.
Johnson didn't have smooth sailing, either, especially when he couldn't find his yardage book.
Johnson shot 65 even with a double bogey on the ninth hole.
Both his driving and his putting improved on Sunday and he also took some encouragement that he was able to physically endure a grinding week in cold and damp conditions. Paul Casey was on the same mark as his playing partner Koepka, with Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose three adrift. Perhaps that will help the younger players who are in the hunt for the first time.
Rickie Fowler's impressive streak of never missing a major cut since the 2016 US Open came to an end on day two of the PGA Championship after missing the shortest putt of all time at TPC Harding Park.
But he's back for another shot, and his game looks to be in order.
"I feel very comfortable around the lead in the big events", he said. I've got one major. "He plays pretty much all guns blazing, and when it comes off, it's really good".
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