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Even with a penalty that he called on himself, Shane Lowry leads U.S. Open by two

Even with a penalty that he called on himself, Shane Lowry leads U.S. Open by two

If Shane Lowry goes on to capture his first major championship in the 116th U.S. Open, a trophy won’t hardly be big enough to hold the respect for him in the golf world. The bearded, big-bellied Irishman will be toasted from Pittsburgh to Dublin.

Lowry will lead the Open at Oakmont Country Club by two shots when he wakes up before sunrise Sunday and goes out to play four more holes in the third round. There’s no telling where he’ll stand when the final round begins later in the afternoon.

He does know this: He has spotted the field one shot.

Lowry did what any golfer is supposed to do. At a critical time in his second round Saturday, as Lowry worked...

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