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Golf: Koepka leaps into US Open lead at Pinehurst

Brooks Koepka, seeking his first tour-level triumph, grabbed the lead at three-under par after six holes Thursday during the first round of the 114th US Open at Pinehurst.

PINEHURST: Brooks Koepka, seeking his first tour-level triumph, grabbed the lead at three-under par after six holes Thursday during the first round of the 114th US Open at Pinehurst.

The 24-year-old American, who earned special temporary US PGA Tour membership for the remainder of the season, eagled the par-5 eighth to reach three-under and jump ahead of clubhouse co-leaders Graeme McDowell and Kevin Na on two-under par 68.

Koepka opened with a bogey but bounced back with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes, setting up his eagle to seize the lead.

On the course in the afternoon group on two-under were Americans Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk.

Johnson and Walker each birdied the first and fifth holes. Furyk began off the 10th tee and birdied 11 and 13.

World number one Adam Scott opened with four pars while Masters winner Bubba Watson began with three pars and a bogey at the fourth.

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