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Lowry leads U.S. Open with big names in pursuit

OAKMONT, Pa. — Jovial Irishman Shane Lowry possessed positive vibes and a good attitude when he arrived at challenging Oakmont Country Club for the 116th edition of the U.S. Open.

Now he has the lead.

Lowry never wavered despite frustrating weather delays Thursday that knocked the national championship askew as he rolled to an opening-round of 68. His spirits weren’t shattered on a sun-drenched Saturday morning when he called a penalty on himself after he addressed the ball on the putting surface and it moved. He eventually signed for a second-round 70.

And through 14 holes of the delayed third round, as Oakmont firmed up and started delivering hair-raising moments to the players and the tournament took on a wide-open feel, Lowry kept smiling and took up residence at the top of the leaderboard.

As the U.S. Open continued its march toward getting back on schedule, Lowry is at 5 under for the tournament, two shots clear of the field and feeling good after making five birdies in his last 11 holes.

“I…

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