NEW YORK – While he was permissive the day before, the Winged Foot Golf Club was as expected on Friday. Patrick Reed was able to hold the fort, but especially his cumulative -4, he who will have as a reward the orders of the United States Open after 36 holes.
Reed, however, worked hard to play par. He recorded five birdies, but also committed five bogeys.
“Yesterday, it was easier, the flags were more accessible. They have shown us easier terrain than a US Omnium has to be. We knew yesterday that we had to play well because today’s round would be more violent. We knew the organizers were going to increase the difficulty level, ”commented Reed, who did well on the greens.
In addition to Reed, Bryson DeChambeau is another who has faced the weather conditions with flying colors.
DeChambeau took advantage of a cannon tee shot on the last hole to register an eagle and hand over a card of 68, which puts him at -3 overall, one stroke behind Reed.
“Considering the wind, I managed my tee shots well today, it was something I had to improve and I knew how to capitalize when the opportunity arose,” explained DeChambeau. I only think about reaching the fairways and the greens, ”he then laughed.
DeChambeau may know the reason for his Friday success. He admitted to practicing late Thursday evening to acclimate to the conditions (cool temperature and a lot of wind) he was going to face for the 2e round.
Leader after the first round, Justin Thomas is one of those who tasted the pleasures of the field. Despite four bogeys and a double bogey in his first ten holes, Thomas was able to finish his round strong to limit the damage.
However, it was a round of 73 (+3) that made him lose two places and put him two head shots.
“It was tougher conditions today, the kind of conditions we can expect in the US Open,” admitted Thomas, who also expressed being exhausted by this second round.
Tiger can’t avoid the chopper
At the dawn of the 2e round, Woods could still hope to carve out a spot for the weekend rounds. Things didn’t go as planned for the Tiger, however, who added a round of 77.
After a bogey at its 5e hole of the day, Woods committed two double three-hole bogeys to complete his first nine. It did not improve for Tiger who added four bogeys in his return nine.
This is the first time since the British Open in July 2019 that Woods will not participate in the weekend rounds of a tournament. He ends the tournament with a cumulative +10.
The fallen defending champion
2019 United States Open champion Gary Woodland will not have fond memories of the 2020 edition. After a round of 74 the day before, things continued to go wrong for him, who handed in another card. of +4. He ends his tournament at +8.
However, he admitted after his round that he suffered an injury.
“I have a tear in my left hip. I have a lot of pain, explained Woodland. I’m fighting against this injury, but when you play against the best players in the world, you can’t play with this pain. I’ve been playing with pain all my life, but it’s starting to get tough. “
Woodland isn’t the only big name to have had a tough tournament. Like the first round, Phil Mickelson had several misses, on his way to a round of 74 and a cumulative of +13. His birdie on the 2nd hole of the day was the only moment of celebration of the day for Lefty.
Victim of two bogeys on the last three holes, Dustin Johnson handed in a card of 70. Things started well for Johnson who had scored two birdies in the first nine holes.
Two Canadians are still in contention. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Played a round of 74 and is tied for 33rd at plus-5. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC, is in the same group following a round of 73.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., And Mackenzie Hughes, of Dundas, Ont., Were eliminated.