Adam Scott salvages second round with late birdies
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


As McIlroy continues to go low this afternoon, it is crucial for the players trailing him to shoot respectable scores. Adam Scott nearly shot himself out of the tournament, but managed to birdie 17 and 18 for a one-over 73, and a two day total of three-under par.

Scott said, “There were some ups and downs, but it was really, really important to finish with a couple of birdies and put me in good shape for the weekend, I think.”

The World no. 1 bogeyed 2 and 3, but made the turn at one-over after a birdie on 5. Scott went to three-over on the day after bogeys on 12 and 13, and it looked like a lost round until Scott birdied 17 and 18.

Adam had trouble dealing with the wind. “It’s the strongest wind since I’ve been here. And all of a sudden downwind the ball was going very far and the greens gave out a lot more, 20 and 30 yards almost.”

He even had to hit a 6-iron from 147 on the fourth hole.

However, like Mickelson, Scott is ready to take on the wind, rain, and anything else over the weekend.

“Tomorrow doesn’t look great, and I think that’s all right. The last 36 of the major is going to be a grind. And if it’s tough conditions, you know, I’m certainly up for that challenge. I feel like I’m swinging the club really well. So the tougher it gets I think more of that favors me, if I can keep swinging well.”

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–Bernie D’Amato