US Open updates: Fitzpatrick takes lead with 9 holes to go

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Matt Fitzpatrick made the turn with a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler in what’s shaping up as a three-man race for the U.S. Open title over the final nine holes.

Fitzpatrick birdied No. 8 and made par on No. 9 to turn at 6-under par for the tournament. His birdie came about the same time as Scheffler made bogey on No. 10 to fall to 5 under.

Zalatoris made an 18-foot putt for birdie on No. 9 to join Scheffler at 5 under.

Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama and Denny McCarthy are tied for fourth, four shots behind Fitzpatrick.

Scheffler already has four wins over the last four months and is hoping to add this major title to the Masters championship he won in April.

Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick, in the final group at The Country Club, are each going for their first major title. Last month at the PGA Championship, Fitzpatrick played in the final pairing, while Zalatoris lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff.

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4:25 p.m.

Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler made four birdies over the front nine to make the turn with a one-shot lead in the closing round of the U.S. Open.

The Masters champion made the turn in 4-under 31 and was at 6 under for the tournament with nine holes left. That was one shot ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick and two clear of Will Zalatoris, who were paired in the day’s final twosome.

Scheffler is trying to become the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season since Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Scheffler’s lead looked in jeopardy when his approach shot into the heavily sloped green on the par-5 eighth spun backward off the green, almost back to his feet around 65 yards from the hole. But …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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