DeChambeau’s second lap of 68 took him three under par and one under Reed. It is safe to say that he has a spring in his step. “I feel great,” DeChambeau said. “Confidence is at an all time high right now. I drive it well, the iron game is fantastic, the stalling is improving day by day and I say it like I know I can. So I am very happy.
DeChambeau had left the left stage when Reed encountered the most severe conditions already experienced. If the United States Golf Association allowed cats to play on day one, Friday was the time to recover. Staying still was a plus. The pin locations were from horror movies.
Amid the – much – controversy over an incident in the Bahamas late last year, Reed’s level of talent has been forgotten. The Texan seems to almost thrive playing the role of the main character in Golf Village of the Damned. His 70 was capped by a birdie as obtained from a bunker on the green at the 9th, his 18th. The brilliance of Reed’s short game was a recurring theme throughout the first two days of the US Open. Even though he had galleries bawling obscenities in his direction this weekend, the 30-year-old is unlikely to care.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Harris English are pennies. Rory McIlroy faltered to a 76 that leaves him seven from the top of the standings. Justin Thomas’ position is much more promising. Thomas came out of the fringe of the 7th – his 16th – green en route to a 73. He is two cents and still a key protagnonist. Thomas Pieters is even after a 74. Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1, rebounded impressively from a 73 in the first round to a 70. “I don’t feel overwhelmed,” Johnson said perfectly. fair. “I’m going to have to play really well, but I like where I am.”
Mickelson added a 74 to a 79 to comfortably miss the 13-above par. His dreams of winning the US Open, thus completing a series of major tournaments, are certainly over. “I think it’s a great place to play golf,” said the 50-year-old. “I appreciate the opportunity to have been able to compete here and I’m disappointed that I didn’t play better. I’m going to come home and take a few weeks off and go from there.
Woods, similarly, needs to refocus for a Masters defense in November. It only marked the 22nd missed cut in Woods’ professional career, with half of that coming to the majors. Gary Woodland, after posting a consecutive 74, admitted he threw a tournament defense amid physical issues.
“I have a torn labrum in my left hip,” Woodland said. “I have a lot of pain in there. I fought but it gets to a point where you play against the best players in the world and you just can’t play with the pain. I’ve been playing with pain my whole life, but it’s getting a little tough. Woodland will at least be able to rest this weekend.
Spieth was 14 above par when he left Winged Foot. At only 27 years old, Spieth seems unrecognizable from the player who threatened to dominate golf five years ago. The openness of the United States amplifies every weakness, but the fall of Spieth is one of the saddest stories in the sport of late.