Sports Reed leads by 1 at U.S. Open after Winged Foot bites back on Day 2

04:22  19 september  2020
04:22  19 september  2020 Source:   thescore.com

'I'm such an idiot': Reliving Phil's meltdown at Winged Foot

  'I'm such an idiot': Reliving Phil's meltdown at Winged Foot With over $90 million in career earnings and 44 PGA Tour wins, Phil Mickelson is far from a weekend hacker at the local public track. Except for that one time on the par-4 18th at Winged Foot in 2006. For the first 71 holes of that U.S. Open, Mickelson was at his scrambling best, navigating a treacherous layout with his usual short-game brilliance to hold a one-shot lead heading into the final test. He would later tell Golf Digest he showcased his "single greatest short-game performance" in New York that week. However, that's not what people remember, as images of his struggles on the final hole still linger.With the U.S.

Patrick Reed in a blue uniform holding a ball © Gregory Shamus / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Patrick Reed is atop of the U.S. Open leaderboard at 3-under par after a grueling Friday at Winged Foot Golf Club.

The 2018 Masters champion birdied his final hole for an even-par 70 on a course that presented a true U.S. Open test after playing much easier in Round 1.

"Today really felt like a U.S. Open; I can tell you that," Xander Schauffele, who is in a share of seventh, said following his round.

The second-round scoring average was 2.62 strokes tougher than the opening round, which is the largest jump in scoring average between a first and second round in U.S. Open history, according to the 15th Club's Justin Ray. Additionally, the total number of players under par fell from 21 following Round 1 to only six heading into the weekend.

Even without hostile NY crowds, this US Open is tough enough

  Even without hostile NY crowds, this US Open is tough enough It’s rare when fans wind up rooting for the golf course, even one as majestic as Winged Foot, but suddenly that’s a viable option. Maybe because the two players atop the leaderboard heading into Round 3 at the U.S. Open are not exactly — how to put this? — the most likeable guys in the game. Patrick Reed, who leads at 4-under 136, has been hounded by cheating allegations since college. They spilled out in public last December after he was slapped with a two-stroke penalty for intentionally (Reed denied that part) improving his lie in a waste bunker at the World Hero Challenge.

Bryson DeChambeau posted 68 during Day 2's morning wave to sit alone in second. He eagled his final hole and is the only player in the field to shoot back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

DeChambeau, Hideki Matsuyama, and Bubba Watson were the only three players to shoot under par on Friday.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands going into the weekend:

First-round leader Justin Thomas posted 73 to drop into a share for third. At one point, the 27-year-old was 5-over for his round, but two birdies on his second nine lifted him within two of the lead.

Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, and Matthew Wolff are in a group of five sharing the seventh spot at even par.

Rory McIlroy shot 6-over to drop from two off the lead to seven shots back.

Tiger Woods, Collin Morikawa, and Phil Mickelson headline the list of notables who failed to make the 6-over cutline.

Column: No fans could be advantage for Wolff in US Open

  Column: No fans could be advantage for Wolff in US Open Matthew Wolff deserved some cheers for the way he picked apart Winged Foot on Saturday afternoon to move into the lead of the U.S. Open. Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau deserved something, too, and rowdy New York fans would have been sure to give it to them had they been allowed to be there to watch. They weren’t, of course, and the Open suffered because of it. So, likely, did the TV ratings, which already figured to take a hit because Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were long gone. No stars. No buzz. No fun, unless you like watching scenes of players studying maps on the greens like they were preparing for the invasion of Normandy.

Round 3 from Winged Foot begins at 8:55 a.m. ET with the final pairing of DeChambeau and Reed teeing off at 2:25 p.m.

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