Spieth tallied five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey in Round 2.
In ideal scoring conditions in the afternoon, no one could catch him.
He was at 4-under 136, the only player still under par going into the weekend.
After that, he settled into the same struggles that every other golfer in the field - bar the utterly exceptional Dustin Johnson - had.
Well, it's not good news, especially lately. Woods shot a 72 on Friday, finishing at 10-over par for the first two days of the event. If you have the lead, or a piece of it, over the past four years, you win. Scott and the rest of the field dealt with strong winds on Thursday, and because of an early tee time today, he played the front nine in light rain, which he said made shot-making hard at times.
Shinnecock Hills claimed victory with swirling winds, hard-to-reach pin placements and rainy weather on Friday morning that made low scores during that time almost impossible.
The U.S. Open represented a chance to utilize the spotlight to achieve a return to form.
"You've got to play really good golf if you want to shoot a good score, and I like where par is a good score on every hole, no matter what club you've got in your hand, what hole it is, " Johnson said. "But, yeah, there's still a lot of golf left". The only way he found his ball in the rough was that former PGA champion and Sky Sports reporter Rich Beem stepped on it.More news: "Fortnite" Cross Platform Play With Nintendo Switch Blocked By Sony
Where better than NY for Johnson and Fleetwood to demonstrate that if you want to do well at the US Open it's all about having the right state of mind? I don't seem to get that nervous too much, that's always a plus. "My game plan was not to make any 'others, ' and I made three of them". They're always set up hard. They're supposed to be hard. He stood on the eighth tee, his 17th hole of the day, 3 under. Of the 156 players who teed off on Thursday, only numero uno will enter the weekend in red figures. Then the U.S. Open did it to Poulter again.
"I was trying to hit the flawless bunker shot".
Two chunked chips and two putts later, Poulter wrote three squares around the number seven on his scorecard. Finally, he rapped his putter up the hill and by the hole and missed the putt. Then came a bogey at 18. The US Open is supposed to be the ultimate test of a player's game and mind, and no wonder chief organiser Mike Davis couldn't disguise his delight at seeing the pair doing so well.
A bogey at the second didn't rattle him.
Long has McIlroy's strength been his power, when he can overwhelm a golf course by brute strength, crushing drives close to the green and relying on the occasional wedge to give himself a tap-in birdie.
"Why not? Why not be the first one to do it?" I hit two bad putts on one and two, and for most of the day I just didn't putt well.
"Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine", he insisted. Instead, he's continued to make too many mistakes at inopportune moments. I'm tied for fourth. I'm T-4. I feel pretty confident about my game, where my game is.
"It is neat to see all the guys who have had trouble and to be able to put myself in position for a good finish is beyond something I could've hoped for", Hill said.