Patrick Reed led the 120th US Open as “brutal” Winged Foot lived up to its fearsome reputation and Tiger Woods missed the halfway cut.
Reed followed his first round 66 with a 70 for 136 — four-under-par overall — one clear of fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, who posted a fine second round 68, one of only three players to break par in Friday’s second round.
First round leader Justin Thomas recovered from a poor start to lie one further shot back in a three-way tie for third, but his playing partner Woods struggled to a seven-over-par 77 to miss the weekend play.
After finishing 10-over-par for his two rounds, Woods revealed he would play just one more tournament before the defense of his Masters crown in November.
Like many others, Woods owed his high score to his failure to find the fairway off the tee, with the unforgiving rough 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 said.
“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.”