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Shane Lowry will take a four shot lead into the final round of the US Open after shooting a five-under 65 in the weather-delayed third round at Oakmont.
Lowry was forced to resume his third round this morning after bad light left him at five-under for the tournament through 14 when play was suspended on Saturday evening.
The disruption posed no problems for the Irishman as he added two more birdies to his score to post a superb 65 to leave himself on seven-under for the tournament.
First-round leader Andrew Landry remains Lowry's closest challenger on three-under after recording an even par 70 alongside Dustin Johnson who posted a one-over 71.
Lee Westwood and American Daniel Summerhays are a shot further back on two-under for the tournament after both shot 69.
South African Branden Grace, who was tied for the lead with eventual winner Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay last year until driving out of bounds on the 16th, is on one-under after shooting six birdies and two bogeys in a 66.
Lowry, aiming to make it ten major titles for Irish golfers over the past decade, knows what he has to do on the final day.
"I've beaten a field of this quality already so there's no reason I can't do it again tomorrow. I feel very comfortable out there," he said.
"I'm glad we didn't have to play another four holes as I was getting tired towards the end but I'm really looking forward to getting out there on Sunday. I've never been in this position but this is where you want to be."
Graeme McDowell, the only other Irishman in the field after Rory McIlroy missed the cut, is tied for 29th place alongside Jordan Spieth after a one-over par round of 71 left him nine shots off the lead.
By: Kieran O'Daly