Woods crashes out of US Open

Former world number one continues to create unwanted records; Reed, Spieth top leaderboard after second round.

    Woods crashes out of US Open
    It has now been seven years since Woods celebrated his last major [AP]

    Tiger Woods' seven-year title drought at the majors continued with no relief in sight as he crashed out of the US Open after another miserable round at Chambers Bay.

    American Patrick Reed will tee off in the third round in a tie for the lead with his Ryder Cup team mate Jordan Spieth. 

    After opening with a 10-over 80 on Thursday, Woods' fate had appeared sealed and the 39-year-old made it official with an equally uninspiring second-round 76 to set another shocking career low.

    I hit a little bit better today but again, I made nothing today

    Tiger Woods, Former world number one

    Woods' midway score of 16-over 156 was his highest 36-hole total on the PGA Tour as a professional, and he missed the cutline at five-over by a once unthinkable 11 shots.

    It marks the sixth time the 39-year-old American has missed the cut at a major and the second at a US Open, after he also failed to make the weekend in 2006 at Winged Foot.

    "I wanted to shoot five or six today but I wanted to be on the other side of it," said Woods.

    "I hit a little bit better today but again, I made nothing today.

    "I didn't make any putts the first two days; I hit it better today, hitting some spots where I could hit some putts. I made nothing."

    The winner of 14 majors, Woods' name appears on golf's greatest trophies but on Friday it could be found near the bottom of the US Open leaderboard, tied for 150th with only four men below him.

    It has now been seven years since Woods celebrated his last major, having won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in spectacular fashion by beating Rocco Mediate after 19 extra holes.

    American Patrick Reed will tee off in Saturday's third round at the U.S. Open excited to be in a tie for the lead with his Ryder Cup team mate Jordan Spieth but not so thrilled about how he landed in the marquee pairing.

    Rory clinging on

    Meanwhile, an ugly finish to the second round all but destroyed Rory McIlroy's chances of winning the US Open.

    The world number one had missed the cut in his previous two events, so the good news at Chambers Bay on Friday was that he did not extend his streak to three consecutive early exits.

    But the bad news was that a four-putt double-bogey at the 17th, along with a bogey at the last, left the Northern Irishman a distant nine strokes from the lead.

    Top-8:

    -5 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 66 69
        Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 68 67
    -4 Branden Grace (South Africa) 69 67
        Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 65 71
    -3 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 70 67
        Tony Finau (U.S.) 69 68
        Ben Martin (U.S.) 67 70
        Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 68 69

    SOURCE: Reuters


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