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Summary

  1. Third round started at 20:00 BST
  2. -5 S Lowry (14); -3 A Landry (13)
  3. -2 L Westwood (15), S Garcia (14), D Johnson (13)
  4. -1 B Grace (18)
  5. Selected others: +1 J Day (18); +3 Andy Sullivan (14); +4 J Spieth (18); +8 D Willett (18)
  6. Cut came at +6, McIlroy finished +8

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By Peter Scrivener

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Leaderboard - How it stands at the end of day two

-5 Shane Lowry (Ire) (14) 

-3 Andrew Landry (US) (13)

-2 Lee Westwood (Eng) (15), Sergio Garcia (Spa) (14), Dustin Johnson (US) (13)

-1 Branden Grace (SA) (18)  

E Scott Piercy (US) (13)

+1 Jason Day (Aus) (18), Zach Johnson (US) (17), Daniel Summerhays (US) (14), Bryson DeChambeau -a (US) (18)  

Shane Lowry
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Day to emulate Miller?

Another intriguing day at Oakmont comes to a close and what a final day we have lined up.

None of the top seven on the leaderboard have won a major. Who will keep their nerve on Sunday?

Or will the winner come from further back? World number one Jason Day is just six adrift - Johnny Miller famously hit a course record 63 at Oakmont to come from that far back to win the US Open in 1973.

I'm heading off but will be back Sunday lunchtime to bring you the end of round three before we all settle in for a traditional Father's Day finale.

Thanks for reading.

I need to curb my aggression - Jason Day

World number one currently six shots behind leader Shane Lowry

“I was trying to be as patient as possible and luckily I got off to a good start. Jordan Spieth was three under early on and that pushed me and got me going. I had a couple of bogeys but I was very pleased with a 66.

"Hopefully I can break history and win the US Open, but I’ve got to give myself the opportunity. Currently sitting six back I’m in with a chance as you never know how it’s going to go on a course like this.

"It’s very difficult to be aggressive out here but I think my game plan is pretty solid. I’m an aggressive player by nature so I need to curb that. At least I can have a lie in and rest tomorrow whilst others have to get up and finish their rounds.”

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Lowry retains lead

Shane Lowry lines up his putt, comes up and over a ridge and he'll be in for par to retain a two-shot lead on five under.

Sergio Garcia's delicate birdie attempt misses left but he's in for par and will stay two under overnight.

Andrew Landry has missed his birdie putt, but is in for par. One birdie and one bogey in a solid 13 holes. He is three under.

Playing partner Dustin Johnson gets up and down from the bunker for par and he is three off the lead on two under.

Shane Lowry
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Hooter signals end of play

The hooter to signal the end of play has sounded but the players can finish the hole they are on because there is no storm threat.

Lee Westwood has already hit his tee shot to the par-three 16th. He is pin-high but 30 feet to the left.

Sergio Garcia skips a dozen feet past the 14th flag with his second. Playing partner Shane Lowry pulls up 20 feet short.

Eagle for Knox

Scotland's Russell Knox has not had a lot to shout about today but in the gloaming he drives the par-four 17th and nails a 15-foot eagle putt to get back to three over.

I reckon he may sprint to the 18th tee to try and finish his round, to avoid having to get up at stupid o'clock in the morning

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One more hole?

Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia and Gregory Bourdy take the decision to play on.The Irishman and the Spaniard find the fairway.

Another two-putt par for Lee Westwood on the 15th. He heads to the long par-three 16th.

Back on the 13th, Andrew Landry is fractionally short and left and drifts back to Westwood territory. He removes his shades to check exactly where his ball has landed.

Dustin Johnson drifts right off the tee and is in the sand.

Landry & Johnson miss out

Andrew Landry's birdie putt on 12 stays up but it's another decent effort that leaves him with a tap-in par to stay three under.

Dustin Johnson. No messing. Goes straight and firm but the ball doesn't fancy the hole.

Leaderboard update

-5 Shane Lowry (Ire) (13) 

-3 Andrew Landry (US) (12)

-2 Lee Westwood (Eng) (14), Sergio Garcia (Spa) (13), Dustin Johnson (US) (11)

-1 Branden Grace (SA) (18)  

E Bryson DeChambeau -a (US) (17)  

+1 Jason Day (Aus) (18), Zach Johnson (US) (15), Daniel Summerhays (13), Scott Piercy (11), 

Darkness looming

Up on the 15th and Lee Westwwod from 191 yards fires into the middle of the green. Darkness is looming. Not much play left today.

Sergio Garcia stares to the sky after leaving his birdie putt short.

Shane Lowry with a three-footer to stay at five under...makes it. Will they play on?

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Johnson & Landry sniffing birdies

Dustin Johnson lays up with his second shot on the par-five 12th. He leaves himself 93 yards and then hits 10 feet past the hole.

Andrew Landry, from 95 yards, pitches pin-high with his third shot and he's got a birdie sniff from double the distance.

Sergio Garcia hits his tee shot into the par-three 13th into the same area as Lee Westwood did a little earlier. The Spaniard doesn't get as much action on the ball as Westy did though and his stays within 15 feet.

Westwood Ho!

Birdie chance for Lee Westwood on 14. It's bending in from the right and that was never in doubt. One of those that looked in from the moment it left his putter.

The Englishman back up to two under.

Australia's Jason Day leaves another birdie chance on the green but signs for a four-under 66. The world number one on one over for the tournament.

Daylight for Lowry

Before Shane Lowry taps in, Sergio Garcia gets up and down from the back of the green for par.

Lowry has a good look at this. It's no more than two feet. And he rolls it straight into the middle of the cup. Three under for the round, five under for the Championship. And more importantly, two clear of the field.

Shane Lowry
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Lowry going two clear?

Shane Lowry is going to five under par. The Irishman has flicked a wedge from 94 yards stone dead on the par-five 12th. That was his third shot.

Back up on the tee and Andrew Landry has found the fairway with his drive. Here's Dustin Johnson, 324-yard ball carry but he catches an uphill section of the fairway which kills his ball.

Spieth's charge fails to materialise

Andrew Landry from 15 feet to tie the lead on four under...

...aims way out right, but not far enough.

Dustin Johnson has hit up to three feet and rolls in for par to stay two under.

Sergio Garcia hitting his third into the 674-yard par-five 12th from 235 yards. It's a long iron and the Spaniard implores his ball to sit. It's not listening though and merrily scoots through the green and into the rough.

Jordan Spieth, who knocked in three successive birdies early in his round, finishes with a par to card a level-par 70 and stay four over. Is he too far back?

Jordan Spieth
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Grace goes low

South Africa's Branden Grace has finished with a birdie on the 18th to card a four-under 66 to move into red figures on one under. A quiet but significant move.

Johnson & Landry have birdie shouts

Dustin Johnson into the heart of the 11th but his ball is meandering back down the green, further away from the hole with each revolution.

Andrew Landry fires over the pin and his ball tries to work its way back towards the hole but stops 15 feet away.

Johnson is left with a slow 50-footer; Landry's is a lightning quick affair. I know which putt I'd prefer.

Westwood out of luck

The 12th holes is a monster 674 yards today. Sergio Garcia's ball flies 301 yards and ends up in the sand.

Up on 13 and Lee Westwood's tee shot is all over the flag but the ball spins back from six feet short to about 36 feet from the pin. Harsh.

Here's his birdie putt. We know it's going up a hill so he can afford to thump it and thump it he does. Two feet past. It's the kind of slippery one we've all seen him miss countless times before.

Lee Westwood
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Oakmont's "slow" greens

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We concur Steve. Legend has it that the USGA do indeed slow the greens down at Oakmont for the US Open.

Would love to play Oakmont but that they slow the greens down to host the US Open is a truly terrifying thought.... #bbcgolf

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Lowry leaves birdie putt high

Shane Lowry from 12 feet but that's not dropping in. Still, it's a par and he's leading the US Open by one shot. Life's not all bad. 

A two-putt par for Garcia on 11 to stay at two under.  

Up on the par-five 12th, Lee Westwood has a putt with more break than it is in length and the ball doesn't want to drop. Westy gives it as long as he can before blowing* it in the hole.

Jason Day almost scrambles a par on the seventh after short-siding himself with his approach shot to the green but his putt slides just past the hole. He's back to one over par.

*He used his putter.

Johnson drops again

Dustin Johnson can smash a drive further than almost anyone else in the golf but his short game is just not good enough.

He flicks a chip up on to the 10th green but he's made a complete hash of that and the ball disappears 15, 20, 25 feet from the hole.

Andrew Landry prefers the Texas wedge and he borrows a dozen feet to almost perfection. He's in for par. Dustin has more to do.

And he's left his par-putt short. Our halfway leader is two under, two off the lead but Shane Lowry has a birdie putt over on 11...

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Landry and Johnson short

Ten minutes short of three hours after teeing off on the first, Andrew Landry, Dustin Johnson and Scott Piercy set off down the 10th. Sunday afternoon hackers play quicker than this.

 Landry from around 180 yards trickles up to the front edge of the green,  

Johnson with a 310 yard drive, leaves himself a short wedge into the green but he doesn't get that quite right and his ball pulls up shorter than Landry's.

Up on the 12th and Lee Westwood looks to have hit a dreamboat shot right at the flag, But he's smashed it out of the rough and it's not stopping. It goes through the back of the green, through the first cut and nestles in the second.

Lowry misses out

Shane Lowry up the hill on the 10th for a birdie but he doesn't hit it. The ball pulls up two inches short. He leaves the green with a look of utter frustration on his face. He knows how good a chance that was.

The Irishman still leads by one. We have around an hour of play left today.

Johnson one off the lead

Dustin Johnson with an incredible putt on the ninth. He is only 20 feet from the cup but has to putt almost that far out to the right. The ball catches the slope and races past the hole. He has five feet, straight back up the hill for par. In she pops and that's a one-over-par 36 for his front nine.

The leader at the start of play is tied for second with Andrew Landry and one off the lead held by Shane Lowry. 

Just five players are now under par. Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood being the other two.

Dustin Johnson
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Leaderboard update

-4 Shane Lowry (Ire) (9) 

-3 Andrew Landry (US) (9), Dustin Johnson (US) (8) 

-2 Lee Westwood (Eng) (11), Sergio Garcia (Spa) (9)

E Branden Grace (SA) (16), Jason Day (Aus) (14*), Derek Fathauer (US) (14), Daniel Summerhays (US) (10), Gregory Bourdy (Fra) (9), Scott Piercy (8)

Landry drops, Lowry leads

Andrew Landry out of the cabbage and his ball scuttles past the flag. He is yet to drop a shot in round three. That stat may be changing in the next couple of minutes.

His co-leader Shane Lowry finds the 10th green but has a long birdie putt.

Back to nine and Landry lags his putt to six inches. Great effort, but shot gone and a level-par front nine means he is back where he started the round at three under.

Westwood scrambling

Lee Westwood scrambling well on the 11th. A beautiful flop out of the bunker that stops on a sixpence a foot from the hole. He's going to escape with a par.

Andrew Landry has a poor lie in the rough on nine. And this is why this round is taking sooooooooooo long...

Scott Piercy to go first with a chip up the green, changes his mind and exchanges clubs. Has another wander up the green, back to his ball. Finally he hits it and it rolls to a couple of feet. Worth the wait? Just about.

Lee Westwood
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Lowry leads with Landry

On the ninth, Lowry nonchalantly knocks in his birdie putt to get to four under and a share of the lead with Andrew Landry.

But American Landry is in a spot of bother as he follows up the ninth, tugging his approach into a bunker.

It's in the sand Lee

Sergio Garcia is yelling at his ball to stop on the ninth green. It obliges but he's a good 20-feet from the hole in three. He had driven into a bunker off the tee and smashed out short.

The par putt stays right and he is dropping one.

Lee Westwood on the 11th, struggling to get a decent stance in a fairway bunker. His feet are sliding down towards the ball and he has to be careful not to move his ball. He takes a big swing, loses his balance and his ball comes to rest in a greenside bunker.

Lowry eyes birdie

Shane Lowry goes pin-high on the ninth with his approach. The ball keeps falling right, edging ever-closer to the hole. Another big chance for the Irishman to join leader Andrew Landry on four under.

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Westwood woe

On the 10th, Lee Westwood barely touches his 30 foot birdie putt, yet it still slides well past the hole. He was putting down and across a two-foot slope. His par putt should be much easier. But he's missed it. Horseshoes out. Bogey and back to two under.

Back on the eighth, Andrew Landry up the hill across the green, gives it a good rattle and finishes 18 inches beyond the cup.

Dustin Johnson into his putting routine. Two gentle practice swings, putter head behind the ball and swing through. Dustin's bend of the knees tells you all you need to know. Par putt to stay three under.

Day eagles to get to level par

Over on the fourth, out of sight to a degree, world number one Jason Day holes an eagle putt to get to level par for the tournament. He's only four off the lead. He may finish his round tonight and could post a testing clubhouse score.

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Garcia misses another birdie

Another one slides by for Sergio Garcia. His birdie putt on the eight stays up. A tap-in par and he stays at three under.

Gregory Bourdy rolls in from 10 feet for par.

Back on the tee, Dustin Johnson munches on a sandwich before hitting a towering four-iron 245 yards into the heart of the green, he'll have a 15-foot birdie putt. Andrew Landry will have a 35-footer.

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Lead changes hands again

Shane Lowry out of a beach-sized bunker on the eighth and he's not happy that he's left himself with an eight-footer for par. He leaves it out wide to go back to three under

Scott Piercy on the seventh for birdie, just pulls up short. Dustin Johnson will have been watching closely because he is putting from a similar angle.

Andrew Landry, six straight pars, is in for birdie on seven and he now leads on his own at four under.

Dustin Johnson's attempt has a little more pace as it reaches the hole that Piercy's did and as a consequence, it stays right. In for par.

I think people are talking about Lowry now

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Doing Ireland proud Shane. Keep it up!

#bbcgolf #usopen why's no-one talking about Lowry? He seems to be a realistic challenger this weekend... (So far. Don't want to curse it!)

Shane Lowry
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Westwood back to three under

Lee Westwood down the slope for birdie on the ninth. Get in Lee. And that is a two-under-par 33 strokes for the first nine holes and back to three under.

On the par-four fourth, Jordan Spieth rolls in a birdie to get back to four over.

On the long par-three eighth, Sergio Garcia mis-hits his tee shot but such is the Spaniard's luck at the moment, that his ball skips on to the front edge and he will have a birdie putt.

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Leaderboard update

-4 Shane Lowry (Ire) (7)

-3 Dustin Johnson (US) (6), Sergio Garcia (6), Andrew Landry (US) (5)

-2 Lee Westwood (Eng) (8), Andy Sullivan (Eng) (7), Gregory Bourdy (Fra) (6)

-1 Derek Fathauer (US) (11)

Selected others: +1 Adam Scott (9), +2 Jason Day (Aus) (12*),  +5 Jordan Spieth (US), Graeme McDowell (NI) (12) +7 Danny Willett (Eng) (9*) 

On the clock?

Now, I know this is a tough course and everything, but when Dustin Johnson missed his par putt on the sixth, two hours ticked over since he had teed off. That's two hours for six holes.

I sincerely hope they are on the clock.

Lowry leads, Lowry leads

That four-way tie lasts all of 30 seconds. Shane Lowry drains one on the seventh to get to four under.

Can Sergio Garcia follow him in from five feet? No. He hits it through the break.

On the ninth and Lee Westwood pings an iron to six feet. He's got a chance of getting to three under.

Shane Lowry
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Four-way tie for the lead

Sergio Garcia gets the friendliest of bounces on the seventh as his ball kicks right across the green and comes to rest half a dozen feet from the cup. 

Dustin Johnson has splashed out to 10 feet on the par-three sixth. He is putting across the slope and the ball takes a good look at the hole before refusing to drop, coming to rest an inch behind the hole. 

We have a four-way tie for the lead, with Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Andrew Landry all at three under.