Rueful Scott clings to share of lead in Melbourne

Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:45am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tournament favorite Adam Scott held a share of the lead after the second round of his home Australian Masters on Friday but rued a wayward back nine that left him vulnerable to a weekend challenge.

Starting a stroke ahead of the field at Melbourne's Huntingdale Golf Club, the former world number one was five clear at the turn but came unstuck at the 10th, where a double-bogey stalled his momentum on a cool and drizzly afternoon.

From there it was a grind, as Scott dropped another two strokes and bogeyed the last to fall into a share of the lead with unheralded local Peter Wilson.

"It was a tale of two halves today," a deflated Scott told reporters after finishing with a one-under 70 for an eight-under total of 134.

"Had a lovely start, playing really solid and a couple of loose shots on the back nine and I was just grinding to get into the clubhouse actually.

"It's a shame. I felt like I didn't do too much, too bad but the driver kind of cost me three or four shots today. I just couldn't get it in the fairway and take advantage of the par-fives."

The world number 12, bidding for a third Masters title in four years, drained four birdies in the front nine and was bogey-free through 27 holes, but spent much of the day bashing sand off his shoes.

He came to grief with a nasty lie in a bunker on the par-four 10th to drop two shots, then bogeyed the 13th after whacking his tee-shot into water.   Continued...

Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the fourth hole during the pro-am of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai, China, November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song