Reed reeled off seven birdies against a lone bogey in a round of 66 to leapfrog 23 players and share fourth place at 8-under, two behind fellow American Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau maintained his one shot overnight lead with a 4-under 68, England’s Richard McEvoy and Austria’s Mathias Schwab his nearest pursuers at 9-under.
Hend posted a frustrating 1-under 71 to go with an opening 68, five birdies off set by four bogies dropping him seven places down the standing to T13.
He is one of four Australians to make the cut, Lucas Herbert fighting back from an opening 75 with an impressive 67 to be 2-under and T38 alongside Andrew Dodt.
Nick Cullen will also play the weekend after making the cut on the number at even par, Jack Munro and Harrison Endycott both four outside the number.
Hend started his round in ideal fashion with a birdie at the first but followed with a run of bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey to be 1-over through five and remained that way at the turn.
Two birdies on the way to the clubhouse salvaged his round and at five off the pace he is not out of reckoning though will need to produce his best at the weekend to have a chance.
At the top of the leaderboard DeChambeau was again at less than his best but managed his game well and was pleased to birdie the last to maintain his one shot cushion.
“I'm absolutely satisfied,” he told europeantour.com after the round.
“The wind made playing pretty tough out there and I was fortunate enough to hit it in the right spots, miss it in the right spots, get a couple of lucky breaks and take advantage of them when I needed to.
“It wasn't my best form but I got it around, shot four under and I stay in the hunt. Just a little frustrating off the tee today, I thought I'd worked something out yesterday and it worked a little bit but I've got to go back to the range and work a little harder.
“I left a couple out there but also made a couple of key ones so it averaged out.”
DeChambeau will need to be at his best over the weekend with Reed looking dangerous in his second round.
The reigning Masters champion was in a confident mood after his second round and will be the player to watch.
“It was a lot better compared to yesterday,” Reed said of his Friday 66.
“I felt like I could go into attack mode and attack some flags and my putter’s working. When my putter gets going I’m able to make birdies.”
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