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US Open 2020: Matthew Wolff takes two-shot lead into final day at Winged Foot

US Open 2020: Matthew Wolff takes two-shot lead into final day at Winged Foot

-5 M Wolff (US); -3 B DeChambeau (US); -1 L Oosthuizen (SA); Level H Matsuyama (Jpn), X Schauffele (US); +1 R McIlroy (NI)
Selected others: +3 P Reed (US); +4 J Thomas (US); +5 P Casey (Eng), D Johnson (US), L Westwood (Eng); +7 J Rahm (Spa); +8 M Wallace (Eng); +12 R MacIntyre (Sco); +13 S Lowry (Ire)

American Matthew Wolff produced a scintillating five-under 65 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the US Open at Winged Foot.

Bryson DeChambeau is two back with Louis Oosthuizen at one under par.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is also in contention at one over par after recovering from a 76 on Friday to card 68 and set the early clubhouse lead.

The world number four said he felt he would have a chance on the final day if he could stay within six of the lead.

“It was really good,” said McIlroy, after a round containing three birdies and one bogey.

“The key for me was just to play the first five holes well. I saw from a few of the guys early on those holes were playing really tough.

“I knew that middle section of the round you could maybe make a couple of birdies and then you sort of have to hang on coming in.

“I executed the game plan really well, knocked a couple in when I could. It was a really good round of golf.”

Wolff, playing in only his second major after qualifying for this tournament by tying for fourth at last month’s US PGA Championship, made five birdies as he played the first nine holes in 30 shots.

The world number 36, who has one win on the PGA Tour, only hit two of 14 fairways but scrambled well and made just one bogey, after finding the trees at 16, but recovered to birdie the last.

“I got pretty fortunate with my lies in the rough,” he said. “I stuck with my game. It was a grind out there but hopefully I hit a few more fairways on Sunday.”

DeChambeau looked set to post a third successive round in the 60s but bogeyed the 18th to give Wolff a two-stroke advantage at the top.

Reed crumbles after extending lead

Only three players enter the final day in the red numbers, though Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and American Xander Schauffele both briefly made charges on Saturday.

Matsuyama climbed to three under only to bogey 15 and then double bogey the 17th to remain level for the championship.

Schauffele, meanwhile, rolled in for eagle at the ninth to move to two under par before three bogeys after the turn, though he finished with a birdie to also sit level.

Overnight leader Reed started with a one-stroke lead and stretched that advantage to three with a birdie at the second as his nearest challengers faded away.

But Wolff’s electric start meant by the time Reed walked off the third green with a bogey his advantage had been wiped out.

Reed was one under for the day as he hit the turn but soon fell away with six dropped shots in six holes on the back nine, including a double bogey at 11 after fluffing a chip that failed to escape the rough.

The former Masters champion finished with two bogeys to sign for a 77 that leaves him three over par and eight shots off the lead.

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