Matt Jones leads Australians at US Open

Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby are the only Australians to make the US Open halfway cut at Torrey Pines.

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Matt Jones and Marc Leishman have hung tough as Australia's hopes of US Open glory took a major hit during a rugged second round at Torrey Pines.

Jones ground out an even-par 71 to be one over for the championship and six shots off surprise leaders Richard Bland and Russell Henley.

Leishman was one behind Jones after bouncing back from a disappointing finish to his first round with a one-under 70 on Friday.

Former world No.1 Adam Scott was filthy after letting his winning hopes slip with a horror second-round 75.

Playing in his 20th consecutive Open, Scott had equalled his best start to the tournament with a birdie-birdie finish on Thursday, only to rack up two double bogeys in falling eight shots behind Englishman Bland (67) and American Henley (70).

"I played terrible," Scott said, despite also having four birdies.

"The course is great. It's set up really nicely, kind of friendly at the moment.

"It didn't really dry out yet so there are good scores as we're seeing on the board."

Wade Ormsby was the only other Australian to earn a weekend tee time, the European Tour regular's 74 squeezing him in on the cut line at plus four.

Australian No.1 Cameron Smith shot 75 and had every right to feel even more annoyed than Scott after missing the cut in painful fashion.

Smith made five birdies, including three on his back nine to fight back into contention, only to triple-bogey his third-last hole to undo all his good work.

The 2020 Masters runner-up also had a triple-bogey seven and a double-bogey six in consecutive holes on his front nine but appeared to have fought his way back before disaster struck late.

"There was lots of good and just a few bad holes in there. It was pretty disappointing, actually," Smith said.

"The course is great. It's set up good. If you hit it good you can make plenty of birdies.

"If you make mistakes, you're working hard out there."

Monday qualifier Steve Allan was joint second last in the 156-man field after following up a first-round 80 with a 79 to be 17 over par for the championship.