30 Jan 2021 | Professional golf |
Scott survives and thrives at Torrey
by Martin Blake
Adam Scott vaulted into contention on the PGA Tour in San Diego today with a brilliant, second-round 69 in tough conditions. The Australian is a shot from the lead in a tie for second at the halfway mark of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Scott hit the outright lead when he bombed a big drive then short-ironed in close at the par five sixth hole, his 15th of the day, making eagle. Two bogeys after finding bunkers at the seventh and eighth followed, but he made a two-metre birdie putt at the ninth to close it out. "It was a tough day starting out and it kind of stayed that way all day," he said later. "Some storms and squalls blew through, but I hit it pretty good off the tee and into the greens until the last three holes I was a bit sketchy. But I survived." Scott said his patience had held on Torrey Pines' south course, by repute the more difficult of the two. "I managed myself pretty well. It was a bit of a day of survival, and it was nice to move up playing the harder course today." Late in the day leaving Viktor Hovland overtook Scott and a bunch of others to reach nine under but Scott is right in the hunt.
A bunch of Australians made it through to the weekend including Marc Leishman, Rhein Gibson and Cameron Davis all at three under par and inside the top 30.
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