Spieth holds early Open lead, Woods to miss cut

Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:13pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth sank an eight-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-three ninth, to seize the clubhouse lead in a dramatic U.S. Open second round at Chambers Bay on Friday.

While former world number one Tiger Woods was destined to miss only his sixth cut at a major after battling to a six-over 76, Spieth carded a 67 after watching playing partner Jason Day collapse because of dizziness off the ninth green.

Spieth, aiming to become the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first since Woods in 2002, posted a five-under total of 135 in the year's second major, which is being played for the first time in the Pacific Northwest.

South African Branden Grace was at four under after firing a 67 while co-leaders overnight, American Dustin Johnson and Swede Henrik Stenson, were among the day's late starters on the challenging links-style layout.

Australian Day, who has suffered from dizziness in the past, was immediately hooked up to an IV drip and helped to a waiting van after signing his card for a 70.

"He (Day) was fine, he didn't say much (in the scorer's hut," Spieth told reporters after a round that included six birdies, a bogey and a double at the tricky par-four 18th.

"He just signed his card and we told him to get some rest and water and whatnot."


Jun 18, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 17th hole in the first round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports