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Matt Wolff on the prowl with records set to tumble as American tames Winged Foot in US Open

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All sort of historical records have moved into view following a stunning 65 from American Matt Wolff that earned him a two-shot lead after an exciting third round at the 120th US Open.

The 21-year-old Californian, who turned professional on the same day 15 months ago as US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, is in position to become the youngest winner of a major since Tiger Woods claimed the Masters at Augusta in 1997.

He could also be first man to win the US Open on his debut since Francis Ouimet stepped out of his caddie’s clothes and shocked the Old World stars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to claim the title in Boston in 1913. Spookily, that was also the last time the event was held in September.

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

There’s more. If Wolff were to follow in the footsteps of 23-year-old Morikawa and win, it would be the first time since Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen claimed the US Open and US PGA respectively in 1923 that two majors were won in the same year by players so young.

Naturally, there’s plenty that needs to go right in the final round on Sunday before the stats nerds have their day and the golf world shifts on its axis. Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will start alongside Wolff in the final pairing at only two behind. It will be some slug-fest.

Sweet-swinging Louis Oosthuizen is like a golfer from another age, but he is only four behind after a 68, while Xander Schauffele (70), Harris English (72) and Hideki Matsuyama (70), three more players looking for their first major, are five back. Surprisingly, halfway leader Patrick Reed fell away badly with a 77.

Then there’s Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has never received enough credit for his resilience and here was another classic example to continue the rollercoaster theme of his week.

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

After following his opening 67 with a 76, McIlroy bounced back into credit with a two under par 68 that left him six shots off the lead and pleased with his day’s work.

‘It was a really good round of golf,’ said the 31-year-old. ‘I executed my game plan well.

‘The idea was to hang on early over the difficult opening stretch and then make a score in the mid-dle. I feel like it’s put me right in it.’

It’s hard to imagine there will be a passage of play close to the majesty of Wolff’s incredible front nine completed in just 30 strokes.

‘Wow, that’s just amazing, I didn’t see anyone shooting close to that for the outward half,’ said an impressed McIlroy.

Last month, on his major championship debut, Wolff’s tied fourth place finish was overshadowed by the victory claimed by his friendly rival from their amateur days.

On Thursday, Wolff achieved a unique landmark, becoming the first man in major championship history to start his career with five scores in the 60s.

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

Here Wolff, with his unique trigger motion to start his back-swing, responded to the temerity of the sequence being broken with a 74 on Friday with five birdies over the outward half.

The stats said he hit just two out of 14 fairways on the day, but that’s a travesty.

On at least a half-dozen he finished in the semi-rough, and his iron shots were quite magnificent. Adding to the sense of wonder, Wolff actually missed two putts inside 12ft on that front nine as well.

Not surprisingly, the back nine was more prosaic and there were a few nervous swings on the home stretch, but Wolff, who won his third event as a pro last year by holing a 25ft putt to defeat Morikawa, re-mains in position.

A good omen is the last four players aged 24 or younger who led the US Open after 54 holes — Ernie Els, Tiger, Rory, and Jordan Spieth — all went on to win.

There was a third amateur who turned pro on the same day as Wolff and Morikawa. Norwegian Viktor Hovland finished as the leading amateur at the US Open last year — as well as the Masters — and is tied 10th at Winged Foot following a 70.

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Are we on the cusp of welcoming a Big Three for the modern era?

Only three of the 13 Englishmen playing on Thursday made the halfway cut and none will begin the final round in the top 20.

Considering he’s playing his first event in America since March and is now 47 years old, Lee Westwood is turning in a commendable show.

He shot 72 to be on the same score as Paul Casey, who had a remarkable 69, recovering from being five over par after seven to post six birdies thereafter.

The par are tied 21st while Matt Wallace shot 73 and is tied 34th.

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MANCHESTER UNITED face Chelsea this evening as they look to build on the excellent midweek win over PSG.

On the transfer front, Jadon Sancho is reportedly disenchanted at Dortmund following his failed move to Old Trafford while we’ve the very latest on Paul Pogba’s new deal.

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MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are underway with Paul Pogba dropped yet again for a big Premier League clash.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his faith in the side that thumped Newcastle 4-1, while Frank Lampard has shaken things up by dropping Mason Mount.

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Mike Tyson reveals he ‘hated Michael Jackson’s guts’ after King of Pop ‘played him’ in incredible backstage gig snub

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MIKE TYSON has revealed he hated Michael Jackson’s guts after a backstage snub at one of the pop icon’s concerts.

The boxing legend is currently preparing for his in-ring comeback aged 54 in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr next month.

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The ‘King of Pop’ sensationally snubbed the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ backstage at a gigCredit: AFP

During his heyday of the late 80s and early 90s, the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ was one of the most-recognisable and biggest names in the world

One man that enjoyed just as much popularity and spotlight was the late ‘King of Pop’ Jackson.

However, Tyson has admitted he held a lot of anger towards the musician until the pair did eventually hang out.

Speaking on T.I.’s expediTIously podcast, the former world champion said: “I met Mike one day, I think he was at a concert in Cleveland, I’m with Don King.

“So me and Don come in, right? And I’m champ and everything, did all this s***, undisputed.

“So Don goes and Don gives Michael Jackson the ‘peace’ sign, like this. And then so Michael gives Don the ‘peace’ sign, and so I give Michael the ‘peace’ sign, and Michael put his hand down.

“In a way, I say, ‘Did he play me? Nah, he didn’t play me, he just didn’t see me. I knew he didn’t play me, cause I’m f***ing champ.”

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Tyson and King continued to go backstage for the show – but the disrespect continued.

He continued: “So we went backstage, right? So I’m backstage, and so there’s his backstage, some of his singers and stuff.

“He’s on stage, it’s over I’m signing autographs and stuff, so Michael comes over and he talks to Don, he doesn’t talk to me. … I say ‘Let me just go on and meet Mike’, cause that’s really why I’m here, I want to meet Mike.

“And then I go over to meet Mike, … and he goes like this, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere? Where I know you from?’

“He broke my ego, he crushed me. 

“I said ‘No, I’m just a fan, pleasure to meet you, sir. He said, ‘OK’, and then he got out and went in the car.”

Tyson admitted he refused to let go of the snub for years until Jackson finally invited him to hang out – an offer initially rejected by the fighter.

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He added: “I said ‘OK I’m coming, I’ll be over there’, right?

“So I got on a plane, went over there, hung out, and we just started hanging out together. And I said ‘F*** man, he’s a good guy.

“But in my mind, I said ‘Why’d you play me though, Mike, why’d you play me like that? You knew who I was, why’d you play me?’”

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