Shane Lowry spun a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the two-day third round of the 116th U.S. Open to reach the three-quarter pole on 7-under 203, up two places on the live leaderboard, matching the low round of the week, and good for the 54-hole lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Lowry leads by four over 18-hole leader Andrew Landry and 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.
The 29-year-old began the third round in a four-way T3 on 2-under, two back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he was 3-under on his lap thru 14 holes, camouflaging bogeys on Nos. 2 and 8 with birdies on 4, 6, 7, 9 and 12. When play resumed on Sunday, he was the leader on the course by two, and extended the lead with an 11-foot birdie on the par-4 15th and a seven-footer for birdie-3 at 17. In summary, the Irishman circled seven against two squares and totaled 27 putts after 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. This will be Lowry's first 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR in his 41st career start. His 7-under aggregate ties the low 54-hole tally at Oakmont CC with Ernie Els (1994), who went on to win.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 08:19:00 AM