Despite carding a one-over 73, world No.1 Adam Scott declared himself satisfied with his day’s work at the Open Championship.
The 2013 Masters champion birdied the last two holes at Royal Liverpool to salvage his round – and his title bid – after playing the first 13 holes in three-over-par. Afterwards, he admitted that his strong finish had been crucial.
“There were some ups and downs out there but it was really, really important to finish with a couple of birdies and put me in good shape for the weekend,” said the 34-year-old Australian. “They all count the same but they came at a good time. Lunch will taste a lot better now.”
He added: “If the wind stays up this afternoon, I shouldn’t be too far back.”
Scott, who blew a gilt-edged chance to win the championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012, said that, at three-under-par after 36 holes, he believed he was in a good position to challenge for the Claret Jug over the weekend.
"There were holes where I was hitting 6-iron from in the 140s." - Adam Scott
“I am happy with that,” he said. “It could have been better today. I played really well but didn’t take advantage of my good shots and compounded that with some errors from the middle of the fairway.
“When you’re in the middle of the fairway, you don’t want to make a bogey and I had a couple of them on the back nine. I hit the skids and had to scramble coming in.”
After a glorious, almost wind-free first day at Hoylake, conditions changed somewhat for round two, with much more blustery weather playing havoc with some players’ scores. Scott acknowledged it had played a part in his, too.
“Today was much tougher,” he said. “Just the slight direction change and the gusts. All of a sudden, there were holes where I was hitting 6-iron from in the 140s. That’s when you know it’s pretty windy. And drives are going miles and 4-irons are going 300. It’s crucial how well you adjust to that on a day like today.”
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