Spieth on course for rare double

Golf US Open: American in joint-lead with Patrick Reed

Spieth on course for rare double

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 US 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 No 1 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 US 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.

Australian Day, who has been troubled by dizziness in the past, finished at two-under after battling to a 70 before being taken to hospital where he was diagnosed to have suffered from Benign Positional Vertigo.

Spieth, a double winner on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, was delighted to end his round with a birdie after the unusual delay on the ninth green where Day was attended by four medics.

“That was one of the better birdies I've ever made given all the situation,” said the 21-year-old American. “Obviously there was some wait time in between, but I actually got somewhat of a read off Jason's putt and was able to knock it in.

“I struck the ball significantly better today with my approach shots. I hit my irons and wedges better today than yesterday, I also putted better today.

“I'm not quite putting myself in the same positions off the tee, so I've got to be a little more methodical. But if you shoot in the sixties at a US Open you're going to be pleased.”
While Spieth mainly flourished on a hot day with gentle breezes, 14-times major champion Woods was at the opposite end of the leaderboard as he missed the cut at a US Open for a second time. A shadow of the player who dominated golf during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Woods slumped to a 16-over total of 156, his highest ever after 36 holes as a professional on the PGA Tour.

Leading scores (after 36 holes, United States unless mentioned otherwise): 135: Patrick Reed (66, 69), Jordan Spieth (68, 67); 136: Dustin Johnson (65, 71), Branden Grace (RSA,  69, 67); 137: Joost Luiten (Ned, 68, 69), Daniel Summerhays (70, 67), Tony Finau (69, 68, Ben Martin (67, 70); 138: JB Holmes (72, 66), Jamie Lovemark (70, 68), Jason Day (Aus, 68, 70); 139: Alexander Levy (Fra, 70, 69), Henrik Stenson (Swe, 65, 74), Kevin Kisner (71, 68), Brian Campbell (67, 72), Shane Lowry (Irl, 69, 70).

Lahiri, Kapur miss the cut

The Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur made an early exit after missing the halfway cut. Lahiri carded 72 after a 75 in the first round while Kapur shot 77 after his first-round 72. The cut came at five-over and Lahiri missed it by two and Kapur missed it by four.

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