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Morning briefing: Shane Lowry extends U.S. Open lead at end of third round

OAKMONT, Pa. – Shane Lowry said at the conclusion of Saturday's play at the U.S. Open that he was glad he wouldn't have to finish the final four holes of his third round.

He had played 32 holes to that point, and quite frankly, was exhausted.

"I was getting tired toward the end," Lowry said. "It would have been quite difficult."

Lowry also knew that the he'd get to putt on fresh greens over his final four holes.

"Hopefully I can go out and make a few pars and do what I've been doing all week," he said.

He did better than that, making a pair of birdies coming in Sunday morning to extend his lead to four shots at the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

"To be honest, I would have taken four pars," he said. "It was a really good morning's work for me."

Lowry finished his third round at 5-under 65.

"That's one of the best rounds of my career," he said.

Lowry will be joined in the final pairing by Andrew Landry, who made birdies on Oakmont's two closing holes to reach 3-under and get into the last group.

Dustin Johnson finished his third round at 1-over 71 and is tied for second place at 3-under for the tournament.

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