Spieth and Reed share Open lead, Woods misses cut
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth stayed on track for a rare double at the year's first two majors as he grabbed a share of the lead after a dramatic U.S. Open second round at Chambers Bay on Friday.
Spieth sank an eight-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-three ninth, to set the early pace before being caught at the top late in the day by fellow American Patrick Reed, who three-putted the final hole for 69 in the more difficult afternoon conditions.
While former world number one Tiger Woods missed only his sixth cut at a major after battling to a six-over 76, Spieth fired a 67 after watching Jason Day, with whom he played, collapse because of dizziness off the ninth green.
"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."
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 season's second major, being played for the first time in the Pacific Northwest.
Fellow American Dustin Johnson (71), co-leader overnight with Swede Henrik Stenson, and South African Branden Grace (67) trailed by one shot.
Stenson slipped to equal 12th at one under after struggling to a 73 on the challenging links-style layout that became firmer, slicker and bumpier as the day unfolded. Continued...