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The Most Interesting Thing Each Contender At The PGA Championship Had To Say

LOUISVILLE — There are a bunch of world-class golfers with a chance to win a major championship tomorrow. That's the long and short of it. Everything else, just details. 

Eight players are within three shots of the lead at Valhalla, which is playing remarkably easy this week. Xander Schauffele has held the 18-, 36- and now the 54-hole lead, but he's been caught and shares his position with Collin Morikawa. One shot back is Sahith Theegala, and there are three players a shot further back at -13: Shane Lowry, who shot a major championship record-tying 62; Viktor Hovland, who's back with the coach he worked with last year, when he played the best golf of his life; and Bryson DeChambeau, who chipped in for an electric eagle at the par-5 18th. 

Each of these players has their own little mantras in their head, sayings they fall back on to try to simplify this highly complicated sport. They often speak in little soundbites. Saturday afternoon was one of those days. Here are the most interesting tidbits from the contenders. 

Xander Schauffele, on what winning a major would mean: "It would mean a lot. At the end of the day, it's just a result. Winning a tournament is just a result. All I can focus on are good golf shots and striking good putts. At the end of the day, wherever the cards fall, they fall."

Collin Morikawa, on how he'll approach tomorrow differently than the Masters final round: "I think looking back at a month ago at Augusta, I felt sharp in everything, but I feel like I could have had a little bit of self-talk before I went out on that first tee and really just not got ahead of myself. Not that I did, but two holes really cost me back there."

Viktor Hovland, on not losing confidence despite recent struggles: "I never doubted my abilities. It was just kind of my machinery was not working very well. But as soon as I get the machine kind of somewhere on track, I can play. Like there's nothing wrong with me mentally or -- like I never doubted I couldn't play golf anymore. It's just like the technique was not good enough to compete. But now we're moving in the right direction."

Shane Lowry, on his off-week rounds of golf: "I remember having a chance one day (to shoot 59). I don't normally go out and keep scores. But if I get on a run, you sort of think, I'm actually doing all right here."

Bryson DeChambeau, on who knows what: "Well, the speeds at I guess my level or Jake Knapp's or a few other bombers out there have not really been tested. If we are all being honest, if everybody is being honest, it's not truly been tested on a robot, nor can it be. And then FEA models only go so far; so it's kind of a journey. FEA is finite element analysis -- or finite element modeling -- element analysis modeling, sorry. It's only as good as the inputs you give it, and it's just a model in the computer. There's not enough information known right now, but I'm willing to go down that path and figure it out."