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US Open leader Matthew Wolff and his crazy swing primed to become youngest Major winner since Tiger Woods 23 years ago

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US OPEN leader Matthew Wolff – the man with the crazy swing – is primed to become the youngest Major winner since Tiger Woods.

American Wolff, who will be 21 years, five months and six days old in Sunday’s final round, holds a two shot lead at Winged Foot.

Wolff takes a two shot lead into the final round of the US Open

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Wolff takes a two shot lead into the final round of the US OpenCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Woods, a 15-time Major champion, was 21 years, three months and 14 days when he won the 1997 Masters.

But lurking behind Wolff is a stellar cast including second placed Bryson DeChambeau, former Open champion Loius Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy.

Wolff fired a stunning third-round five-under 65 – the lowest of the day by two shots – at the brutal New York course to have him dreaming of his first victory in a big one.

But he will need to trust his unconventional swing in the most intense pressure to prevail.

Wolff’s weird action starts before he takes the club back, when he presses the grip forward and bends his knees.

Then he picks the club up steeply with his left heel way off the floor.

The downswing is poetry in motion though and the action saw him become one of the top US college players before he claimed his first PGA Tour victory in July last year – just a month after turning pro.

Amazingly, this is only the second Major Wolff has played in.

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He finished tied fourth in the last one – last month’s USPGA – after a thrilling final round charge.

Collin Morikawa won that at the ripe old age of 23.

DeChambeau – who eats 6,000 calories a day to fuel his monster hitting – fired a solid 70 to finish two shots behind Wolff on three under – two ahead of 2010 Claret Jug winner Oosthuizen in third.

Behind him is Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, well backed American Xander Schauffele and fellow US star Harris English.

But well within touching distance is four-time Major champ McIlroy – who was in bullish mood about mounting a huge charge.

McIlroy repaired the damage inflicted by his demoralising second round 76 as he summoned up an eight shot improvement in round three to sit on one over.

And the 31-year-old insisted a first Major victory since his 2014 USPGA triumph is a realistic target.

McIlroy insists he still has a chance from six back

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McIlroy insists he still has a chance from six backCredit: EPA

He said: “I’m feeling pretty good that I’ve got a good chance going into the final round. If I go out there tomorrow and shoot another 68, I won’t be too far away

“From watching the early starters I felt the key today was to try to play the first five holes in even par, then in the middle section of the round you could make a couple of birdies, and try to hang on coming in.

“I executed the game plan really well. I relied on my short game when I had to, and made some nice putts. Geez, I think anything under par on this golf course today is a really good score.

“And now I feel like I’m right back in it. I feel for anyone who is within six shots of the lead going into the final round, that’s not a lot on this golf course. I don’t think that’s out of it by any stretch of the imagination.

“Someone gets off to a decent start – hopefully me – maybe one or two under through five and then the leader goes the other way, one or two over through five, and all of a sudden you’re right in the thick of things.

“We’ll see what happens, but I definitely feel like I’ve got a pretty good shot.”

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UFC chief Dana White hints former MMA fighter Laura Sanko will become first female commentator

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DANA WHITE has stated that the door is open to Laura Sanko becoming the first female commentator in UFC.

But the ex-MMA fighter must first prove she ‘is ready’ to make the step up after impressing as a correspondent.

Laura Sanko has impressed Dana White with her work at UFC events

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Laura Sanko has impressed Dana White with her work at UFC eventsCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko
The American fought at atomweight during a short MMA career

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The American fought at atomweight during a short MMA career

Sanko, 38, works as a reporter for ESPN’s coverage of UFC and has also commentated on female fights in the Invicta series.

And UFC chief White, 51, says that the American is highly rated by the sport’s bosses.

He told Yahoo! Sports: “The reason you think so highly of her, is because so do we. That’s why she’s here.

“You just can’t throw somebody in that position, there is a process.

“All these fighters that end up in all these different positions on camera, we fly them out, we see if they have the potential.

“We actually go through a series of tests before they’re put anywhere.

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“When Laura is ready, she’ll be there.”

In a three-year fighting career, Sanko appeared in one professional bout – beating Cassie Robb in an atomweight contest.

That 2013 bout under the Invicta banner followed an amateur record that boasted four wins and a single defeat, according to Tapology.

In 2016, she made headlines when Tonya Evinger greeted a victory by controversially planting a kiss on the reporter.

Sanko has 147,000 followers on Instagram

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Sanko has 147,000 followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko
The reporter has said she would like to make the step up to commentating

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The reporter has said she would like to make the step up to commentatingCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko

And becoming an official UFC commentator is a career goal of Sanko’s.

In April, she told MMAJunkie: “I would love that. That is definitely a goal.

“I don’t think it’s one that’s necessarily going to happen anytime soon, but it’s one I’m working toward and I hope one day to make that come to fruition. It’s tough, though.

“The hurdles that are in my way are not necessarily one people would assume, like, ‘Oh, they don’t want a woman’. That’s not the case.”

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Dana White believes UFC could have its first female commentator in SankoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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Meanwhile Ed Woodward has called for the government to allow fans back into Old Trafford.

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2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasts Gunners’ lack of loyalty, Wenger hits out at fans, Aubameyang LATEST

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the midfield magician.

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