Golf: Lowry leads U.S. Open by two after marathon day

Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:09pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Irishman Shane Lowry held a two-shot lead after 14 holes when third-round play was suspended for the day in fading light at the weather-hit U.S. Open after a long Saturday at Oakmont Country Club.

Lowry, showing steely nerves on a challenging layout running fast and firm, mixed five birdies with two bogeys to get to five-under for the tournament before the horn sounded to halt the action at the 8.49 p.m. (0029 GMT).

"My game is good, I feel very comfortable out there," said Lowry, who moved two strokes clear after hitting a superb wedge to within three feet at the par-five 12th and knocking in the birdie putt.

"Quite happy that we didn't have another four holes to play. It's been a long day. This is right where you want to be (in the lead).

"I'm really looking forward to tomorrow," said the 29-year-old from Clara in County Offaly, who won the biggest title of his career at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

PGA Tour rookie Andrew Landry, the surprise first-round leader, was at three-under after 13 holes, with American Dustin Johnson, after 13, England's Lee Westwood, after 15, and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, after 14, a further stroke back.

Johnson, who missed a three-foot putt at the final hole to hand last year's U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth, had been one ahead after the delayed second round ended earlier on Saturday but fell short of replicating his form from the first 36 holes.

"It's this golf course," nine-times PGA Tour winner Johnson said after recording two birdies, two bogeys and a double at the par-four third. "It's tough to make putts on it.   Continued...

Jun 18, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Shane Lowry lines up a putt on the 11th green during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports