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Texan duo Spieth and Reed share US Open lead

AFP, TACOMA, Washington

The US Golf Association wanted a more difficult second round after 25 players broke par on Thursday, so they extended Chambers Bay to 2.4km, making it not only the longest ever US Open, but also the longest in major championship history.

The front nine alone was 1.2km. They also made the first hole a par-five instead of a par-four and altered 18 so that it became a tricky par-four.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson both punched their tickets into the weekend.

McIlroy was making no progress from the two-over mark he started the day on until he eagled the par-four 12th.

However, he took a double-bogey at the par-three 17th and settled for a second straight 72 and a four-over total, which got him into the weekend.

Woods was not so lucky, as he had the door slammed shut behind him on Friday.

Woods added a 76 to his opening 80 and, at 16-over-par, he was on his way home after another disastrous tournament, tied for 150th place.

Mickelson fired a four-over 74 to keep his bid for a career grand slam alive.

Other notables missing the cut were Rickie Fowler, defending champ Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson and 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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