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DeChambeau reaches turn at U.S. Open with one-shot lead

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DeChambeau reaches turn at U.S. Open with one-shot lead

 

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Sep 20, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Bryson DeChambeau lines up a putt on the eighth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

 

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau moved into position to secure a first major title as he reached the turn in the final round of the U.S. Open in the driver's seat fresh of an eagle that gave him a one-shot lead over Matthew Wolff on Sunday.

 

World number nine DeChambeau offset a birdie at the par-four fourth with a bogey at the eighth but then hit a perfectly-paced 40-foot eagle putt at the ninth to reach the turn at two-under 33 and five under on the week at a challenging Winged Foot.

 

Overnight leader Wolff, appearing in his first U.S. Open, began the final round with a two-shot cushion but relinquished his lead after bogeys at the third and fifth holes.

 

Wolff then made a bogey at the eighth but bounced back in style and kept the pressure on playing partner DeChambeau with a 10-foot eagle of his own at the ninth.

 

The 21-year-old Wolff, playing in only his second major, is looking to become the first player to win the U.S. Open on his tournament debut since Francis Ouimet in 1913.

 

World number seven Xander Schauffele and playing partner Harris English (through 11), who double-bogeyed the first hole after losing his tee shot, were lurking five shots behind DeChambeau.

 

So tough were the scoring conditions at Winged Foot that DeChambeau was the only player under par for the final round.

 

The U.S. Open was originally scheduled for mid-June but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is being played in September for the first time since 1913.

 

The tournament is being held without fans and is the first of six majors that will be held over the next 10 months.

 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Toby Davis)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-09-21
 

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