Reed on top of Masters leaderboard at halfway point
AUGUSTA, Ga. —
A former University of Georgia and Augusta State golfer is the leader through 36 holes at the Masters
Patrick Reed fired a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke lead over Marc Leishman at Augusta National. The 27-year-old Texan birdied three straight holes to become the first to reach double digits under par in the tournament. Reed closed with a bogey and two pars for a 9-under total.
Reed is the only player in the field to birdie all eight par 5s in the first two rounds.
Leishman followed Thursday's 2-under 70 with a 67 to get to minus-7.
Both Reed and Leishman are seeking their first major title.
Henrik Stenson is alone in third, four strokes back and one ahead of first-round leader Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Rory McIlroy. Spieth had his share of troubles in carding a 74 after opening with a 6-under 66.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is tied with Justin Thomas at 3 under.
Tiger Woods was able to make the cut despite a 3-over 75 on Friday. He's 13 shots back.
Fred Couples is likely going to make the cut at the Masters for the 30th time, which would tie Gary Player for the second most in tournament history.
Only six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus made more cuts at Augusta National, with 30.
The last two Masters champions failed to make the cut. Defending champ Sergio Garcia saw his shot at a repeat end when he carded a 13 on the par-5 15th hole on Thursday. Danny Willett capped his second round with consecutive bogeys to miss the cut by two shots.