Golf: Reed charges into contention at US Open

Patrick Reed plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round.
Patrick Reed plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round.PHOTO: AFP

ERIN, United States (AFP) – Patrick Reed surged into contention on a hectic moving day at the US Open on Saturday (June 17), carding a brilliant seven-under-par 65 to shoot up the leaderboard.

The American Ryder Cup star reeled off eight birdies against one bogey in a sublime round on a day of low-scoring at Erin Hills.

Reed, who started the day on one under, six off the lead, wasted no time in exploiting benign conditions at the rural Wisconsin layout outside Milwaukee.

The 26-year-old Texan grabbed his first birdie on the par-four second before a bogey checked his progress on the fifth hole.

But the world number 19 responded to that setback with three consecutive birdies to be three under at the turn.

He picked up another stroke on the 12th and then reeled off another trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th to move to eight under.

His round might have been even better had it not been for a missed birdie putt on 18 which lipped out from six feet.

Reed’s round gave him a share of the lead alongside England’s Tommy Fleetwood and fellow American Charley Hoffman, who were both still out on the course with several holes remaining.