Reed, Spieth lead by 1; DJ shares third


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The course is starting to bake out, and the scores are starting to rise. Here’s how things look at the halfway point of the U.S. Open, where a pair of American young guns share the lead:

Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-5), Patrick Reed (-5), Dustin Johnson (-4), Branden Grace (-4), Ben Martin (-3), Tony Finau (-3), Joost Luiten (-3)

What it means: Spieth set the early mark, but Johnson and Reed both got to 7 under. The closing stretch proved penal, though, as both fell back to the pack setting up a tantalizing final pairing between two former Ryder Cup teammates.

Round of the day: J.B. Holmes won earlier this year in Houston, and the bomber played his way back into contention with a 4-under 66. Holmes eagled the par-5 eighth hole and scattered six birdies around a quartet of bogeys to get to 2 under for the week and within three shots of the lead.

Best of the rest: Louis Oosthuizen appeared destined for a missed cut after an opening 77, but the former Open champ bounced back in a big way with a second-round 66. Oosthuizen eagled the par-5 first and carded five birdies to earn a weekend tee time.

Biggest disappointment: Tiger Woods certainly gets a mention here after a second-round 76 that left him T-150 out of 156 players, but Bubba Watson made an even more surprising drop After opening with a 70, Watson bogeyed half the holes at Chambers en route to a 7-over 77 and a missed cut.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: The story to watch is the final pairing of Spieth and Reed, two American stars who have already clashed in a pair of dramatic playoffs on the PGA Tour. Their battle will make for great theater, while Johnson can’t be counted out despite a series of missed putts down the stretch.

Shot of the day: Chris Kirk authored the day’s best shot, holing his approach from 198 yards for an eagle on No. 10. The shot is a big reason why Kirk made the cut after rounds of 70 and 73.

Quote of the day: “It’s pretty much like putting on broccoli.” – Henrik Stenson describing the greens at Chambers Bay.