Weekend Preview — United States Golf Association — 115th U.S. Open — Chambers Bay — University Place, Washington —
After two rounds at Chamber Bay, less than two dozen golfers are under par at the 115th U.S. Open near Seattle.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed served as overnight leaders at 5-under. Reed and Dustin Johnson reached 7-under at one point during second-round action, but slipped back late in the afternoon.
Spieth, who played late Thursday and early Friday, seemed to garner the best of the playing conditions. But, Saturday the playing field is leveled with Spieth teeing off at 2:50 p.m. local time in the final pairing alongside Reed — his Ryder Cup teammate from last year.
Spieth, No. 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings with a pair of PGA Tour victories this season, opened the week as an 8-to-1 betting selection at www.ladbrokes.com. He was second Rory McIlroy. He carded six birdies against two bogeys in round two which featured three “2’s” on his scorecard.
Reed won the WGC-Cadillac Championship last year and captured the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii earlier this year in January. At 15th in the world rankings, Reed entered the week as a 50-1 betting pick.
Johnson is just a shot back at 4-under alongside Branden Grace, a 125-1 long shot pick. Grace won multiple times just a few seasons ago on the European Tour.
Look for a someone a few shots back — playing earlier in the day without the pressure — to make a move Saturday on the lead groups. Players who begin to figure out Chambers Bay and gain comfort and confidence will soar up the leader board.
Other U.S. Open News:
- Among the missed cuts at Chambers Bay included Tiger Woods (80-76), Rickie Fowler (81-73), defending champion Martin Kaymer (72-74) and Graeme McDowell (74-74). Woods only beat four players including one amateur.
- Jason Day had a scare Friday suffering from a dizzy spell. he collapsed on the course late in his round. He got up and managed to finish out the hole and round. He has had issues lately with Vertigo. At 2-under and T-9, he is very much in the mix but questionable to continue.
- Big swings in scores should continue to highlight Chambers Bay. First round co-leader Henrik Stenson shot 65-74, while Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut shooting 69-79.
- Phil Mickelson is 3-over and T-35 heading into the weekend, while Rory is T-44 and nine shots back of the leaders. J.B. Holmes fired one of the rounds of the day Friday at 4-under-66.