February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: June 18, 2016 09:15:46 PM


Lowry enjoys two-shot lead in U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. -- Shane Lowry is atop the leaderboard entering championship Sunday at the 116th U.S. Open.
History says that's a good place to be. The 54-hole leader has gone on to win the Open a robust 51 times.
There's just one problem -- Lowry has only completed 50 holes.
Lowry was at 5 under par and led Andrew Landry by two shots when third-round play was suspended because of darkness Saturday night at Oakmont Country Club.
The Irishman was 3 under through 13 holes in the third round when play was halted at 8:49 p.m. ET. The round will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday before the final round gets underway.
Lowry couldn't be happier with his position.
"This is exactly where you want to be," said Lowry, who sprinkled five birdies with two bogeys during his abbreviated round. "Iíve been beating myself up over the last six months trying to get in this position."
Lowry has four combined wins on the PGA and European tours, with his lone stateside victory at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
"It obviously means a lot because I beat a field of this quality already," Lowry said. "So there's no reason I can't go out and do it again tomorrow."
Landry, playing in his first major, was the 18-hole leader after an opening 66 before falling out of first after a 71 in Saturday morning's delayed second round.
The 28-year-old rookie birdied No. 7 to retake the lead in the third round but gave it back with a bogey two holes later. He was even through 13 holes before play was stopped.
"I think I did a really good job out there," Landry said. "No nerves, very comfortable."
Lee Westwood of England, Sergio Garcia of Spain and Dustin Johnson were tied for third, three shots off the lead. Westwood made it through 15 holes at 1 under for the day. Garcia was even through 13 and Johnson was 2 over after 12.
"You've got to stay patient and wait for your moments and try to make sure that the mistakes you make, they're not too big," Garcia said.
Top-ranked Jason Day and Branden Grace made the biggest jumps on moving day with matching 66s.
Day jumped from a tie for 45th to a tie for eighth with Bryson DeChambeau, Daniel Summerhays and Zach Johnson. The Australian is six shots off the lead.
"I pretty much watch the scoreboard the whole day," Day said. "I think just seeing those guys, it makes me want to chase that score a little bit more."
Grace, meanwhile, is in sixth, four shots behind Lowry.
Day and second-ranked Jordan Spieth were two of the 33 players who completed the third round, with 33 more to finish Sunday.
That's an added bonus for Day, who won't have to wake up at 5 a.m. like many of his peers.
"That really does help a lot, especially in the temperature that we're playing in, more so lately, later in the week," Day said.
Spieth is tied for 29th and trails Lowry by nine shots after shooting a 70 on Saturday despite opening with three birdies on his first four holes. His second nine included a double bogey and bogey before finishing with a birdie and five consecutive pars.
"Got off to a dream start for moving day," Spieth said, "and then just kind of boned a wedge, kind of put a bad swing on a pretty stock shot that killed momentum."
Fourth-ranked Bubba Watson couldn't make a move after sneaking in over the cut line, carding a 72. He's tied for 46th and 12 shots behind Lowry.
Former U.S. Open winners Angel Cabrera of Venezuela and Martin Kaymer of Germany are also sitting near the bottom of the leaderboard.
Neither finished their round Saturday night, with Cabrera -- who won at Oakmont in 2007 -- tied for 40th and 11 shots back and Kaymer -- the 2014 winner -- tied with Spieth.
NOTES: Jordan Spieth was the last 54-hole leader to claim victory at the U.S. Open with a two-shot win last year at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. ... Jason Day of Australia and Zach Johnson were the only players in the top 13 on the leaderboard entering Sunday who had won a major. Day won last year's 2015 PGA Championship, and Johnson won the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship. ... Top-ranked amateur Jon Rahm of Spain was 7 over and 12 shots off the lead when play was suspended Saturday. Rahm was the only amateur who made the cut for the weekend


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