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If Shane Lowry goes on to seize his first main championship within the 116th U.S. Open, a trophy will not hardly be large enough to carry the respect for him within the golf world. The bearded, big-bellied Irishman might be toasted from Pittsburgh to Dublin. Lowry will lead the Open at Oakmont Nation Membership by two pictures when he wakes up earlier than dawn Sunday and goes out to play 4 extra holes within the third spherical. There is not any telling the place he’ll stand when the ultimate spherical begins later within the afternoon.

He does know this: He has noticed the sector one shot. Lowry did what any golfer is meant to do. At a essential time in his second spherical Saturday, as Lowry labored to maintain tempo with chief Dustin Johnson, he known as a penalty on himself. It was essentially the most inconsequential of errors that may be made on a golf course. Lowry settled his putter behind on the ball on the 16th inexperienced, and, unbeknownst to anybody however him, it moved ever so barely again to the touch the putter face. The change in place of the ball: possibly not more than a few dimples. The harm to Lowry’s doable fortunes: immeasurable. Lowry did the proper factor. He known as over the U.S. Golf Assn. official with the group, informed him what had occurred, and gulped down his drugs: a one-stroke penalty. Lowry quietly stewed, holding the putter behind his neck, after which, someway gathering himself, he drained an eight-foot putt to avoid wasting bogey. U.S. Open 2016 Pictures from the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Nation Membership in Pennsylvania. “To hole that second putt was massive for me and massive for my whole day,” Lowry mentioned. Lowry was matter-of-fact concerning the penalty. “I had to penalize myself,” he mentioned. “It’s very frustrating in a tournament like that.” They do not get larger than a serious, and Lowry has an opportunity to grab his first. Going into Sunday’s third-round resumption, Lowry stood at 5 underneath par, two pictures up on American qualifier Andrew Landry, who was by means of 13 holes. Three pictures behind at two underneath was a trio that is aware of one thing about main championship infamy: Lee Westwood (by means of 15 holes), Sergio Garcia (by means of 14) and Johnson (by means of 13). The three have performed in a mixed 170 majors with out a win. That is Lowry’s 14th main, with a few ties for ninth (together with final 12 months’s U.S. Open) as his greatest finishes. Lowry, 29, from County Offaly in central Eire, was all however unknown to the American public till final 12 months, when he captured the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He already was famend in his house nation for successful the 2009 Irish Open whereas nonetheless an newbie. Lowry has since gained as soon as as a professional in Europe, within the 2012 Portugal Masters.

Phil Mickelson operating out of time for a profession Grand Slam after lacking the lower on the U.S. Open Phil Mickelson operating out of time for a profession Grand Slam after lacking the lower on the U.S. Open Lowry obtained his first lead of the match at No. 7, the place he made his third birdie in a four-hole stretch. When he seemed as much as see his title on the highest of the leaderboard, he mentioned his caddie “needed to speak me off my pedestal.

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