Zalatoris grabs club lead with two shots at US Open

BROOKLINE, Mass., June 18 (Reuters) – Will Zalatoris took advantage of a near-flawless trip around the Country Club to take the lead in the clubhouse’s third round at the US Open on Saturday as high winds made conditions difficult .

Zalatoris, who finished second in the PGA Championship last month, started the day four strokes behind co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen but shot a three-under 67 that left him two strokes clear. on Keegan Bradley (69).

Morikawa was three over par for his 11-hole course while playing partner Dahmen was four over on the day.

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World No. 14 Zalatoris, the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, wasted no time moving as he birdied two of his first four holes in the coldest and windiest conditions of the week.

Zalatoris bogeyed on the seventh where his approach missed the green, but he got that shot back with a birdie in the ninth before covering the back nine at one under.

Defending Spanish champion Jon Rahm started the day one stroke behind and, with six holes to go in his round, was one stroke behind Zalatoris.

Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy looked like he was about to give up after three first bogeys, but he held steady and, with no one else walking away, found himself back in the mix with a birdie in the 11th which left him two behind.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler looked set to pull away from the pack when he bore 101 yards for the Eagle on the par-8 eighth to take a two-stroke lead but had a rocky start on the back nine to fall back into the mix.

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Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Ken Ferris and Pritha Sarkar

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