(EFE) .- The American Patrick Reed is he new leader of the United States Golf Open after a second day in which the conditions of the historic Winged Foot route have hardened, just outside of New York.
The north wind, the narrow fairways, the towering grass and the hard greens have caused the elimination of a large group of stars, among which two favorites of the local public stand out, Tiger Woods (+10), winner of four previous editions, and Phil Mickelson (+13), who aspired to win his first US Open at the age of 50.
“I feel good and ready to get into winning position on Sunday,” said Reed (-4), that has maintained the type during a day in which only six players have remained under par, of the 21 who were in the red in a first round with the field much more benign.
Along with Reed, the first places are taken by the Americans Bryson Dechambeau (-3), Harris English (-2), Justin Thomas (-2) and Jason Kokrak (-1), leader of the first day, with the exception of the Spanish Rafa Cabrera Bello (-2), who has given a putting recital on the undulating greens of Winged Foot.
“I have the confidence to the skies right now. I’m hitting him well with the driver, playing fantastic with the irons and my short game is improving every day. I’m very happy, ”said Dechambeau, whose goal this week was to hit him longer“ and straighter ”than his competitors.
While the leaders aspire to conquer their first US Open, an illustrious group of winners from previous editions have been eliminated, such as the Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell (2010) and the American Jordan Spieth (2015). plus Tiger Woods.
Three of the five Spaniards qualified for the US Open have also been eliminated, Sergio García (+15), winner of the 2017 Masters, Adrián Otaegui (+10) and the young fan Eduard Rousaud (+21). The number two in the world, Jon Rahm (+1), will accompany Cabrera Bello during the weekend and share with him the options of conquering his first big.
For their part, the three Latin Americans in Winged Foot, Mexican Abraham Ancer (+6), Colombian Sebastián Muñoz and Chilean Joaquín Niemann (+1) have also managed to qualify for the weekend.