|-4 B Reid (US); -3 B DiCambo (US); -2 J Thomas (US), R Cabrera Bello (Spa), H English (US); -1 J Cockrock (US)|
|Selected Others: Status X Schaffel (US); +1 J Rahm (Spa); +3 L Westwood (Eng), D Johnson (US), R McIlroy (NI); +5 M Wallace (Eng); +6 S. Lori (Ire); +8 D Fleetwood (Eng), G Woodland (US); +10 De Woods (US), Jay Rose (Eng)|
Patrick Reid takes a one-shot lead over the weekend at the US Open after a chaotic second round in windy conditions at Winged Foot.
Bryson DiCambo initially set three clubhouse goals for his final hole and then saw his rivals crash in New York.
But fellow American Reid was the last to cut four.
Overnight skipper Justin Thomas fell with 73 runs in three overs, while Rory McIlroy was seven worst after 76 runs.
Thomas started the second round at the age of five, but had four bogeys and a double bogey.
McIlroy of Northern Ireland, his fifth big and first chase since 2014, started the first two shots and flew the first birds. But seven boogie and a double boogie went down equally for three consecutive overs.
World number one Dustin Johnson also dropped two shots in his last three holes in three overs at a level-bar 70.
Former Masters champion Reid made five poses during his Level-Bar 70 on Friday, but was able to retrieve consecutive shots as the 557-yard Bar-Fifth finished ninth, bringing his 18th, World No. 10 to a separate lead.
“Yesterday was soft, harmless, and the needles were still accessible,” Reid said, opening with a four-under 66 on Thursday.
“It’s like they set it up to make it easy for us, and then they showed us what it really was. You had to shoot at least Thursday because you knew Friday would be brutal.”
DiCambo, who has signed in two matches under the age of 68, has scored 69 runs with fellow American Bupa Watson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
However, in the second big half of the men’s 2020, 17 players are seated within the front six shots, which have been delayed since June by the corona virus infection.
DeChambeau shines in the cunning position
DiCambo said earlier this week that he was trying to beat Wing Fut’s awkward tough western course, where only one of the five men’s US Open winners has finished equal.
The world number nine, the longest average driver on the PGA tour last season, showed that power by driving 380-yards, the fifth ninth, his final hole, before setting his close eagle within six feet.
As the 27-year-old card player entered the best round of the day, DiCambo revealed some of the night-time practice after his opening round.
“I knew it would be cold, so I waited and was able to hit the balls almost in the dark,” the American said, adding that the windy conditions made it “super tough”.
“I knew it would be similar conditions, so we got some good numbers with my wedges and I felt very comfortable.”
Watson, who returned home Wednesday to be with his family when Hurricane Sally hit Florida, was the only player to be shot uniformly in the early waves.
The 69-year-old would have been even better off if it hadn’t been for the double bogey on his last hole, which put him in an over by the weekend.
Thomas, the world number three, was one of the late start-ups, with four bogeys carrying a complex start with four bogeys in his front nine holes.
But he bounced back with the birds on two of his three equalizers in his final extension, carding three overs 73.
With only six players tied in the third round, Harris is under two with English Thomas, with a well-built 70 on Friday following the opening 68.
Woods, Fleetwood and Rose go home
Players experienced unusually harmless conditions on the opening day at Wingate Foot, where Jeff O’Keefe won the five-over equalizer at the last US Open in 2006, but the Western course began to bite again on Friday.
Despite the relatively low scores, no player did a round without a boogie in a day, and the toughest pin positions during the second round scored in the premium.
Xander Schaffel, one of his first big-hitters, finished 11th, briefly advancing within two shots, but three bogeys in his final five holes sealed the match with two overs and 72 runs.
South Africa’s Luis Ostuysen advanced to two fronts, but he followed the back-to-back bogies, finally doubled to 74 and slipped an over evenly.
Thomas Peters, who started the day under four, advanced to the lead with two birds in the front nine, but was unleashed as he saw six bogeys bring him back to par.
“It’s twice as severe as Thursday and is windy,” Belgium said after its four – over 74.
Former England world number one Lee Westwood failed to create a starting 67, starting his rounds with back-to-back bogies and adding another in sixth.
The fifth-ninth one gave the 47-year-old some relief, but he dropped four shots for a six-over 76 in his final three holes, which turned him into three overs a week.
Competitor Matt Wallace is two behind in five overs with Scotland’s Robert McIntyre.
However, Tommy Fleetwood, who finished second in 2018, was unable to find any momentum as five birds were wiped out by nine dropped shots, including eight overs, including a double-boogie the second time he missed the cut.
2013 winner Justin Rose also missed out on 10 overs, while Gary Woodland’s US Open defense ended the second round with 74 runs.
What is Tiger Woods? The three-time U.S. Open winner, who missed the 2006 Wing Foot cut, went missing this weekend following the death of his father.
“It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend,” Woods said after 10 overs. “It feels like the golf course is changing. Anyone who makes the cut has a chance to win this championship.”