Tacoma -Ryder Cup team-mates Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth charged up the
leaderboard, but the American assault on Friday didn't include Tiger Woods who
crashed out of the US Open.
The two Texas natives were co-leaders after 36 holes at the $10 million
tournament at the 7,695 foot Chambers Bay golf course, the longest in major
The 24-year-old Reed had a 69 for a five-under total of 135, joining
reigning Masters champion Spieth, 21, who had a fine 67.
Overnight co-leader Dustin Johnson was one stroke adrift with a 71 as he was
tied with South Africa's Branden Grace (67) who was the only non-American in
the top four. US golfers held eight of the top 11 positions on Friday.
Grouped on 137 were US trio Tony Finau (68), Daniel Summerhays (67) and Ben
Martin (70) and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (69).
The two young Americans Spieth and Reed formed a successful Ryder Cup
pairing against the Europeans at Gleneagles, Scotland in late September.
Spieth is once again proving he can shine on the biggest stage as he surged
up the leaderboard by making birdies on three of four holes beginning at No.
Spieth, who posted a wire-to-wire victory at Augusta in April, is seeking to
become the first man to sweep the Masters and US Open since Woods in 2002.
"If you shoot in the 60s at a US Open you are going to be
pleased," Spieth said. "I will draw on my experience at Augusta, but
my patience here has to be that much higher.
"At Augusta I was making everything. It would be nice if I could do
that here. This course is going to get tougher and tougher."
There was some drama on the final hole of the day for Spieth's threesome
when playing partner Jason Day, of Australia, collapsed on the side of the
fairway after suffering a bout of vertigo.
The Queensland native was treated by several medical staff on the course for
about 10 minutes before mustering enough courage to finish out his round
despite being in obvious discomfort as he made those final shots.
His manager Bud Martin said Day, who shot a 70, expects to be well enough to
resume his tournament on Saturday.
Reed also climbed up the leaderboard on Friday as he briefly held the
tournament lead, but a bogey at the last dropped him into a tie with Spieth.
Reed, who proclaimed himself as one of the "top five players in the
world" after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March of last year,
would like to validate that boast with his first major title at Chambers Bay.
Reed had a chance to hold onto the 36-hole lead but his 18 foot putt for par
on 18 stopped on the edge of the cup for a tap in bogey.
Johnson had three birdies on the front nine and appeared to be headed into
the weekend with at least a share of the lead.
But the long-hitting American had a frustrating finish with back-to-back
bogeys on 17 and 18 to drop to a tie for third.
The USGA wanted a more difficult second round after 25 players broke par on
Thursday. They did it by extending Chambers Bay to 7,695 feet, making it not
only the longest ever in a US Open but also in major championship history.
The front nine alone was 4,020 feet. They also made the first hole a
par-five instead of a par-four and altered 18 so that it became a tricky par
World number one Rory McIlroy and six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson
both punched their tickets into the weekend.
McIlroy was making no progress from the two over mark he started the day on
until he eagled the par-four 12th.
But he took a double-bogey at the par-three 17th and settled for a second
straight 72 and a four-over total which got him into the weekend.
Woods wasn't so lucky as he had the door slammed shut behind him on Friday.
Woods added a 76 to his opening 80 and, at 16 over par, he was on his way
home after another disastrous tournament, tied for 150th place.
Mickelson fired a four-over 74 to keep his bid for a career grand slam
Other notables missing the cut were Rickie Fowler, defending champ
Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson and 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer.
Second round scores on Friday in the US Open at par-70 Chambers Bay golf course:
135 - Patrick Reed (USA) 66-69, Jordan Spieth (USA) 68-67
136 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 65-71, Branden Grace (RSA) 69-67
137 - Joost Luiten (NED) 68-69, Daniel Summerhays (USA) 70-67, Tony Finau (USA) 69-68, Ben Martin (USA) 67-70
138 - J.B. Holmes (USA) 72-66, Jamie Lovemark (USA) 70-68, Jason Day (AUS) 68-70
- Alexander Levy (FRA) 70-69, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 65-74, Kevin Kisner
(USA) 71-68, Brian Campbell (USA) 67-72, Shane Lowry (IRL) 69-70
140 - Andrs Romero (ARG) 71-69, Matt Kuchar (USA) 67-73, Jason Dufner (USA) 68-72, Cameron Smith (AUS) 70-70
- Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 69-72, Adam Scott (AUS) 70-71, Hideki Matsuyama
(JPN) 70-71, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-73, Paul Casey (ENG) 72-69,
Jack Maguire (USA) 73-68, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 69-72
142 - Kevin
Na (USA) 70-72, Ollie Schniederjans (USA) 69-73, Marc Warren (SCO)
68-74, Justin Rose (ENG) 72-70, Lee Westwood (ENG) 73-69, Ernie Els
(RSA) 72-70, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 71-71
143 - Charl Schwartzel
(RSA) 73-70, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 77-66, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)) 74-69,
Chris Kirk (USA) 70-73, Beau Hossler (USA) 71-72, Phil Mickelson (USA)
69-74, Cameron Tringale (USA) 75-68, Mark Silvers (USA) 72-71, Cheng
Tsung Pan (TPE) 71-72
144 - Sam Saunders (USA) 72-72, Jim Furyk
(USA) 71-73, Keegan Bradley (USA) 73-71, Brooks Koepka (USA) 72-72,
Robert Streb (USA) 74-70, Kevin Chappell (USA) 69-75, Zach Johnson (USA)
72-72, Billy Horschel (USA) 72-72, Denny McCarthy (USA) 71-73, Ryan
Palmer (USA) 74-70, Charlie Beljan (USA) 69-75, Brad Elder (USA) 76-68,
Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-72, Luke Donald (ENG) 73-71, John Senden (AUS)
72-72, Brad Fritsch (CAN) 70-74
145 - Camilo Villegas (COL) 72-73,
Sergio Garca (ESP) 70-75, Ian Poulter (ENG) 72-73, John Parry (ENG)
72-73, Colin Montgomerie (SCO) 69-76, Jimmy Gunn (SCO) 72-73, Thomas
Aiken (RSA) 74-71, George Coetzee (RSA) 72-73, D.A. Points (USA) 74-71,
Nick Hardy (USA) 70-75, Jimmy Walker (USA) 72-73, Morgan Hoffmann (USA)
71-74, Troy Kelly (USA) 72-73, Webb Simpson (USA) 72-73, Andy Pope (USA)
74-71, Angel Cabrera (ARG) 70-75
- Missed the Cut -
Cody Gribble (USA) 68-78, Charley Hoffman (USA) 76-70, Bill Haas (USA)
73-73, Roberto Castro (USA) 74-72, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 74-72, Andy
Sullivan (ENG) 72-74, Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN) 72-74, Martin Kaymer (GER)
72-74, Marcel Siem (GER) 73-73
147 - Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 74-73,
Anirban Lahiri (IND) 75-72, Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 70-77, Liang
Wenchong (CHN) 73-74, David Hearn (CAN) 72-75, Tom Hoge (USA) 73-74,
Hunter Mahan (USA) 73-74, Bubba Watson (USA) 70-77, Tim O'Neal (USA)
74-73, Michael Putnam (USA) 70-77, Jason Allred (USA) 74-73, Bernd
Wiesberger (AUT) 72-75
148 - Matt Mabrey (USA) 74-74, Russell
Henley (USA) 71-77, Brian Harman (USA) 69-79, Lee McCoy (USA) 74-74,
Kevin Lucas (USA) 74-74, Miguel ngel Jimnez (ESP) 69-79, Graeme McDowell
(NIR) 74-74, Retief Goosen (RSA) 77-71, Alexander Norn (SWE) 73-75,
Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 71-77
149 - Bradley Neil (SCO) 76-73, Danny
Willett (ENG) 72-77, Jason Palmer (ENG) 76-73, Ryo Ishikawa (JPN)
74-75, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 73-76, Shiv Kapur (IND) 72-77, Bo Van Pelt
(USA) 73-76, Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 74-75, Lee Janzen (USA) 73-76,
Matthew NeSmith (USA) 76-73, George McNeill (USA) 75-74, Ryan Moore
150 - Jake Knapp (USA) 74-76, Tyler Duncan (USA)
78-72, Jared Becher (USA) 78-72, Kyle Jones (USA) 78-72, Steve Marino
(USA) 75-75, Erik Compton (USA) 76-74, Yang Gunn (KOR) 74-76, Lucas
Bjerregaard (DEN) 73-77, Marc Leishman (AUS) 73-77, Stephen Gallacher
(SCO) 78-72, Oliver Farr (ENG) 73-77, Tjaart Van der Walt (RSA) 77-73
- Sam Horsfield (ENG) 75-76, Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 74-77, Shunsuke
Sonoda (JPN) 78-73, Blayne Barber (USA) 78-73, Gary Woodland (USA)
74-77, Brandon Hagy (USA) 74-77
152 - Billy Hurley III (USA) 80-72, Michael Davan (USA) 77-75, Danny Lee (NZL) 78-74
153 - Kurt Barnes (AUS) 72-81, Davis Riley (USA) 73-80, Brendon Todd (USA) 78-75
154 - Josh Persons (USA) 79-75, Richard Lee (USA) 74-80, Rickie Fowler (USA) 81-73, Stephan Jger (GER) 74-80
155 - Sebastian Cappelen (DEN) 70-85, Rich Berberian Jr. (USA) 83-72, Pat Wilson (USA) 79-76
156 - Lucas Glover (USA) 73-83, Tiger Woods (USA) 80-76, Baek Seuk-Hyun (KOR) 74-82
157 - Darren Clarke (NIR) 77-80
161 - Cole Hammer (USA) 77-84
166 - Alex Kim (USA) 80-86
Did Not Finish: Matt Every (USA)