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June 17 2011

11:00 PM

Yang closes gap, Kuchar shoots 68

BETHESDA, Md. – Y.E. Yang has just cut into Rory McIlroy’s lead again with a 6-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole.

The Korean, who won the PGA Championship in 2009, is now 5 under and six strokes behind the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland. The largest 36-hole lead ever at the U.S. Open is the six-shot advantage Tiger Woods held in 2000 at Pebble Beach.

Kuchar Woods went on to won by 15 shots that year.

Matt Kuchar just birdied the par-5 ninth hole, his 18th of the day, to shoot 68 and move to 2 under for the tournament. Heath Slocum finished at 1 under while U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III is 1 under for the tournament with three holes remaining.

The happiest player just off the course, though, has to be Marcel Siem. The 30-year-old German just matched McIlroy’s 66 – and while it didn’t get him in the hunt, the round of 5 under did enable Siem to make the cut. He shot 79 in the first round.

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