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Reed grabs US Open lead, Tiger misses cut

Unlike the first round when 21 players finished under par in soft conditions, Winged Foot proved a much sterner test on Friday (US time) as DeChambeau, Bubba Watson (69) and Hideki Matsuyama (69) were the only players from a 144-player field to break par.

DeChambeau, who has turned heads this year with his new physique and prodigious length off the tee, went out in the morning wave and muscled his way around a scorecard-shredding Winged Foot course like few others can.

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the US Open.

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the US Open.Credit:Getty Images

The world No.9 finished his round with a monstrous eagle at the par-five ninth hole where, after a 348m drive, he stuffed a pitching wedge to 1.8m.

“Confidence is at an all-time high right now, driving it well, iron play is fantastic, wedging is getting better each and every day, and I’m putting it like I know I can,” said DeChambeau, whose best major finish was a share of fourth place at this year’s PGA Championship.

Thomas (73), Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello (70) and Harris English (70) were all two shots off the pace heading into the weekend of a tournament that was originally scheduled for mid-June but postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four Australians made the cut, with Cameron Smith the best placed at eight shots behind Reed, Adam Scott a further shot back, and Jason Day and Lucas Herbert 10 shots back.

Winged Foot has been a huge challenge for all, including Australia's Adam Scott.

Winged Foot has been a huge challenge for all, including Australia’s Adam Scott.Credit:Getty Images

“I’m confident now, after seeing what was out there this afternoon, over par will win this tournament,” Scott said after a second-round 74 left him nine shots back. “The greens finally dried out. If there’s any breeze, over par is winning.”

Masters champion Woods (77) missed the cut for the eighth time in his last 15 majors after a round during which he made five bogeys and two double-bogeys over a miserable 11-hole run.

“Physically it was frustrating that I didn’t drive the ball as well as I needed to,” said Woods.

“Iron play was pretty much the way it has been. It’s been good, and I finally putted well. But on this golf course it’s imperative that you hit fairways, and I did not do that.”

Mickelson’s latest bid to complete the career grand slam of golf’s four majors fell apart as the six-times runner-up carded a 74 and missed the cut after posting one of the worst 36-hole scores of his major career.

Among the others to miss the cut were defending champion Gary Woodland, PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, and top-20 players Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose.

Reuters, AP

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