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Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed lead American charge

Tacoma (United States): Ryder Cup teammates Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth charged up the leaderboard, but the American assault on Friday didn’t include Tiger Woods who crashed out of the US Open.

Jordan Spieth hits a shot during the second round of the US Open on Saturday PIC/AFP
Jordan Spieth hits a shot during the second round of the US Open on Saturday PIC/AFP and (right) Patrick Reed

The two Texas natives were co-leaders after 36 holes at the $10 million tournament. The 24-year-old Reed had a 69 for a five-under total of 135, joining reigning Masters champion Spieth, 21, who had a
fine 67.

Overnight co-leader Dustin Johnson was one stroke adrift with a 71 as he was tied with South Africa’s Branden Grace (67) who was the only non-American in the top four. US golfers held eight of the top 11 positions on Friday. Grouped on 137 were US trio Tony Finau (68), Daniel Summerhays (67) and Ben Martin (70) and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (69).

Spieth could make history
Americans Spieth and Reed formed a successful Ryder Cup pairing against the Europeans at Scotland in September. Spieth is once again proving he can shine on the biggest stage as he surged up the leaderboard by making birdies on three of four holes. Spieth, who posted a victory at Augusta in April, is seeking to become the first man to sweep the Masters and US Open since Woods in 2002.

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