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 enjoying accomplice 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 seek out the golf green off the tee, with the unforgiving tough at Winged Foot taking its toll.
“It is irritating that I am not going to be right here for the weekend and be capable to compete for this nice championship,” he mentioned.
“It looks like the best way the golf course is altering, is popping, that anyone who makes the reduce has the chance to win this championship. I did not get myself that chance.”
After the comparatively simpler scoring circumstances of the primary spherical, scores soared in strengthening winds and by the tip of the day solely six gamers had been beneath 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 circumstances and is relishing the weekend play as he bids for a second main title.
“You knew immediately was going to be brutal,” Reed mentioned. “I like getting in there. I like when it is onerous, when it’s important to be artistic on all totally different golf pictures.”
Large-hitting DeChambeau, who notably added muscle bulk throughout the lockdown, had set the clubhouse goal from the sooner starters and with circumstances getting trickier quite a lot of huge names fell away.
Northern Eire’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 strategy 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.
However not for the primary time the Winged Foot course, located northeast of NY city, was the actual winner with a number of massive title casualties.
It was so close to however thus far 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 get better from a gap 79 within the 2020 version.
“I benefit from the problem this course offers,” Mickelson mentioned. “I am disillusioned I did not play higher.”