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US Open chief Patrick Reed is assured of pursuing the second main

Patrick Reed said he was confident after taking the lead at the US Open as the former Masters champion has a second big crown in mind.

Reed leads the rankings halfway through the run after hitting his par 70 in the second round at the unforgiving Winged Foot Golf Club on Friday.

Reed, who won the 2018 Masters, was a shot out of pace after Round 1 but replaced Justin Thomas with five birdies in difficult New York conditions.

American golfer Reed improved to four holes under 36 and told reporters, “I feel good. I feel ready to get into position tomorrow [Saturday] to have a chance on late Sunday.

“But I think that’s the biggest thing, I feel like the game is where it needs to be. I feel good.

“I just need to tighten up a few things here or there, but the short game is sharp and when I play in a place like this that’s what you need.”

Winged Foot proved to be problematic again on another tough day as 15-time main winner Tiger Woods, defending champion Gary Woodland, former world champion Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were among the crowds who missed the cut.

But Reed managed to tame the course after his opening lap 66, a mixed day of five birdies and as many bogeys as he finished the lap ahead of aspiring compatriot Bryson DeChambeau.

“Every time you play in the US Open you know that one day you will have a day when things just don’t go quite the way you want them to,” Reed said. “I felt like I left a decent number of shots out there, felt like I was a little loose with some shots from the tee and irons too.

“To be able to feel that way and to come out and even shoot par on a day like today is definitely a positive and you feel good going into the weekend.”

Reed will play alongside rival DeChambeau on Saturday as the pair hunt cutlery, adding: “It will be fine.

“I look forward to playing with him. I always enjoy playing with Bryson. It’s kind of these things that we go out there with and I guess it doesn’t matter who you play with because you are You’re attacking the golf course out there, and on this golf course you have to think of everything that has to do with teeing off, ironing, putting and everything.

“You don’t hang out with the guys you play with that much because you’re too busy figuring out where you want to play this golf course and putting it together like a puzzle.

“I think that’s the thing about the US Open. The US Open isn’t as much talked about as other golf tournaments because it’s a bonus for every stroke of golf. They slow down and make a mess on the golf course.”

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