Reed adopted his first spherical 66 with a 70 for 136 — four-under-par general — one away from fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, who posted a advantageous second spherical 68, considered one of solely three gamers to interrupt par in Friday’s second spherical.
First spherical chief Justin Thomas recovered from a poor begin to lie one additional shot again in a three-way tie for third, however his taking part in associate Woods struggled to a seven-over-par 77 to overlook the weekend play.
Like many others, Woods owed his excessive rating to his failure to search out the golf green off the tee, with the unforgiving tough at Winged Foot taking its toll.
“It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend and be able to compete for this great championship,” he stated.
“It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship. I didn’t get myself that opportunity.”
After the comparatively simpler scoring situations of the primary spherical, scores soared in strengthening winds and by the top of the day solely six gamers had been below par within the second main of the coronavirus-interrupted season.
Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and US participant Harris English had been tied with Thomas at two-under, with Jason Kokrak additionally in pink figures at one-under-par.
2018 Masters champion Reed reveled within the testing situations and is relishing the weekend play as he bids for a second main title.
“You knew today was going to be brutal,” Reed stated. “I love getting in there. I love when it’s hard, when you have to be creative on all different golf shots.”
Big-hitting DeChambeau, who notably added muscle bulk through the lockdown, had set the clubhouse goal from the sooner starters and with situations getting trickier quite a lot of large names fell away.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, two off the tempo in a single day, opened with a birdie however adopted with seven bogeys and a double bogey on his method to a 76, partially redeemed by improved play on the again 9.
McIlroy is in a gaggle on three-over-par which incorporates world primary and FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson, who salvaged his US Open hopes with an earlier level-par 70.
But not for the primary time the Winged Foot course, located northeast of New York metropolis, was the true winner with a number of massive title casualties.
It was so close to however to this point for Mickelson then as he looked for the one main to elude him, however though he improved with a 74 he was by no means going to recuperate from a gap 79 within the 2020 version.
“I enjoy the challenge this course provides,” Mickelson stated. “I’m disappointed I didn’t play better.”