EDDIE Pepperell's stay at the US Open came to an end at the halfway stage.

The Abingdon golfer was always up against it in trying to make the cut after shooting an eight-over par opening round of 78 at Winged Foot.

He improved on Friday to shoot 76 on a day where just three players carded rounds under par, but his 14-over total saw him miss out by eight strokes.

Starting at the tenth, the 29-year-old dropped a shot immediately and his hopes of scraping into the weekend were effectively ended by a triple bogey eight at the 615-yard 12th hole after a wayward drive.

Further bogeys followed at the 13th and 15th, but they were cancelled out by successive birdies at the end of the back nine.

A double bogey at the second followed, though, with further dropped strokes coming at the fifth and sixth.

Pepperell was able to sign off moving in the right direction, with birdies at the seventh and eighth late in his round.

Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Jordan Speith and Sergio Garcia were among the other players cut.

Patrick Reed leads the way on four-under heading into Saturday's third round.