UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – About the only thing that pleased Patrick Reed Friday was the way he drove the ball.
Well, there still was this: He’s in a share of the lead heading into the weekend at the 115th U.S. Open.
One clear heading to the last at Chambers Bay, Reed walked off the course steaming about a long-range three-putt and a questionable hole location.
“To have to play Mickey Mouse golf to try to make par,” he said after three-jacking from 53 feet, “unfortunately is a bad way to end the day.”
Reed doesn’t have a top-15 in his last eight starts – ironically, since a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth in Tampa – but credited his good play this week to a recent switch to a new driver head (Callaway XR).
Through two rounds he has missed only five fairways (23 of 28).
“I feel like I’m swinging as hard as I want to and it’s going to be on the fairway,” he said.
Other than that?
“I actually felt like it was a pretty disappointing round,” he said.
Reed made six bogeys – offset by five birdies and an eagle – but still posted 5-under 135 to share the halfway lead with Spieth.