Reed among four co-leaders at Congressional


Patrick Reed has struggled since making his infamous "top five" comments following his win at Doral, but his name is once again atop a PGA Tour leaderboard. Here's how we stand after two rounds of the Quicken Loans National, where things remain crowded at the halfway point:

Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-6), Marc Leishman (-6), Oliver Goss (-6), Ricky Barnes (-6), Stuart Appleby (-5), Hudson Swafford (-5), Billy Horschel (-4)

What it means: The Aussies got out to a hot start, though Barnes held the lead for much of the afternoon and at one point reached 8 under. He gave back some of his progress on the back nine, though, and Reed ended with three birdies across his last five holes as he looks to win for the fourth time in less than a year.

Round of the day: Justin Rose appeared headed for a missed cut after an opening 74, but the Englishman rallied with a 6-under 65 Friday to make a big move up the standings. Rose started slowly but birdied five of his final nine holes, including three in a row on Nos. 7-9 to end the day, and failed to drop a shot at Congressional while carding the lowest score thus far this week, one that moved him up 72 spots on the leaderboard.

Best of the rest: Goss is making just his second start since turning pro, but he's in position for his first big paycheck after a bogey-free 66 in the second round. The Aussie opened with a birdie on the first hole and made the turn in 2-under 34 before adding circles on Nos. 11, 14 and 16. After earning low amateur honors earlier this year at the Masters, Goss is now one of several players from Down Under in contention heading into the weekend at Congressional.

Biggest disappointment: Tiger Woods kept expectations low in his first start since back surgery in March, but his effort was still somewhat underwhelming. He followed a 74 with a 4-over 75 in the second round, an effort derailed by four straight bogeys on holes 11-14. He missed the cut by four shots in what will likely be his only tournament appearance before heading to England for the Open Championship.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: This is still anyone's game, as 21 players will begin the third round within four shots of the lead. Reed has displayed a penchant for playing well with the lead this year, but in a season where an Aussie seemingly wins every other week on the PGA Tour, there's reason to keep an eye on Leishman and Goss, not to mention Appleby one shot off the pace.

Quote of the day: ""The thing I was worried about the most was hitting driver, and I hit it really well the last 2 days. The short game was off." - Woods