Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry both carded one under par rounds of 69 on another difficult day for scoring in Bethpage Black to secure a top-10 finish at the 2019 US PGA Championship.  

Both players flirted heavily with missing the cut but vital birdies late on Friday saw them book their tee times for the weekend. 

Starting the final round on two over par, McIlroy carded birdies on the 4th and the 13th but on each occasion gave the shot back with a bogey two holes later. He rolled in a final birdie on the par-3 17th to wind up at one over par for the championship.

It's McIlroy's first top-10 finish at the PGA since he last won the tournament at Valhalla in 2014.

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For Lowry, it's the second successive year he's mounted a strong showing in the PGA Championship. Last August in Bellerive, he was on the front page of the leaderboard for most of the week, only four shots shy of leader Brooks Koepka on Sunday morning. However, a flat final round saw him slip to tied-12th in the standings.

At Bethpage, his tournament followed a radically different pattern. He was at the mercy of the moving cut line late on Friday but his own birdie on the 35th hole and bogeys elsewhere saw him ultimately fall the right side of it. And a strong weekend showing as conditions toughened meant he eked out his best finish yet in what is now the calendar year's second major. 

Sunday saw Lowry shoot his third successive under par round as he undid much of the damage of his opening day 75. 

It was another hugely consistent round for the Offaly man as he birdied the 4th and 7th to get to even par before dropping back over par with a bogey on the par-3 14th. 

Graeme McDowell carded a steady final round of 70, remaining at five over par at tournament's end.

The Portrush man now looks ahead to an exciting summer as he returns to the scene of his major championship triumph at Pebble Beach for June's US Open and the following month heads back to his hometown course for the Open Championship.