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Golf: Scott stays ahead as McIlroy leads chase at Australian Open

Adam Scott was again the star attraction as the World No. 2 stayed in the lead at the Emirates Australian Open with a 70 at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Photos: OneAsia.

Adam Scott was again the star attraction as the World No. 2 stayed in the lead at the Emirates Australian Open with a second-round 70 at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Photos: OneAsia.

November 29, 2013: Adam Scott stayed on course for a rare Australian ‘Triple Crown’ with a two-under-par 70 on Friday that left him 12-under at the halfway stage of OneAsia’s A$1.25 million Emirates Australian Open.


The Masters champion will play alongside two-time major winner Rory McIlroy at Royal Sydney Golf Club on Saturday in a dream pairing after the Northern Irishman shot 65 to stand at 10-under. Australian Richard Green was one further back after an ace helped him to a 66, while Matthew Jones (68) was eight-under.


Scott clinched a career Triple Crown at OneAsia’s Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola earlier this month and successfully defended his Australian Masters title a week later. If he’s crowned champion on Sunday he will become the only player apart from Robert Allenby (2005) to win all three in one year.


Rain through most of the afternoon meant the 33-year-old couldn’t match his opening-round fireworks when he smashed the course record with a 10-birdie 62, and the morning-session players had the best of the weather with a cut set at one-over.


“It was going to be a day where you just have to hang on, try and hit as many good shots as possible,” he said. “I hit lots of good ones, I made lots of birdies, but bogeys were easy to come by if you were just slightly off — and I think probably most scorecards would have looked similar this afternoon.”


McIlroy, 24, has had a turbulent season after splitting with his management company and switching club manufacturer at the start of the year, but looks like he’s starting to return to his best after a series of encouraging results, including joint second at OneAsia’s Kolon Korea Open last month.


Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is two shots behind Scott after a seven-under 65.

Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is two shots behind Scott after bagging nine birdies in a seven-under 65.

“As I’ve said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and I’m much more comfortable with it,” he said. “It’s a big tournament for me, so in terms of satisfaction, going out there and shooting a good score and putting myself in position for the weekend, I’m very happy with that.”


The Northern Irishman could have gone even lower if not for bogeys on the fourth and 17th, and credited a change in his putting for the nine birdies on his card.


“I started to read most of my putts from behind the hole. I feel on these greens that I get a better read from that side. With the greens being that little bit slower, you can be a bit more aggressive and hit them a bit firmer.”


Green has made even more changes to his game as he seeks to retain European Tour status after a few years in the doldrums.


“I’ve been struggling a little bit of late with my game and changed a few things, changed my clubs, changed my driver … just about everything this week, and it’s just started to show some good signs again,” said Green, who used an eight-iron to ace the 157-yard sixth for the fourth tournament hole-in-one of his career.


Matthew Griffin (73) looks set to win the 2013 Order of Merit title after squeezing into the weekend field right on the cut line, one behind World No. 11 Jason Day (74), winner of last week’s World Cup in Melbourne.


Griffin’s only rival for the money list crown, Scott Strange (73), is just one shot ahead but needs a top-four finish to have a realistic chance.


Emirates Australian Open (Round 2), Royal Sydney Golf Club, Australia

132 – Adam Scott (AUS) 62-70.

134 – Rory McIlroy (NIR) 69-65.

135 – Richard Green (AUS) 69-66.

136 – Matthew Jones (AUS) 68-68.

138 – Leigh McKechnie (AUS) 73-65, Alistair Presnell (AUS) 67-71, Josh Younger (AUS) 69-69, Brady Watt (am, AUS) 68-70.

139 – Aron Price (AUS) 70-69, Max McCardle (AUS) 68-71.

140 – Scott Arnold (AUS) 70-70, Jamie Arnold (AUS) 72-68, Ryan Yip (CAN) 65-75.

141 – Bryden MacPherson (AUS) 71-70, John Senden (AUS) 73-68, Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 75-66, Rhein Gibson (AUS) 71-70, Nathan Holman (AUS) 69-72, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 67-74, Adam Bland (AUS) 69-72, Jason Scrivener (AUS) 67-74, Cameron Percy (AUS) 71-70, David McKenzie (AUS) 66-75, James Nitties (AUS) 70-71.

142 – Nick O’Hern (AUS) 70-72, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 75-67, Tom Bond (AUS) 69-73, Steven Bowditch (AUS) 68-74, Ashley Hall (AUS) 71-71, Anthony Brown (AUS) 68-74.

143 – Michael Long (AUS) 72-71, Peter Lonard (AUS) 72-71, Mahal Pearce (NZL) 72-71, Rod Pampling (AUS) 75-68, Jason Norris (AUS) 67-76, Mathew Goggin (AUS) 70-73, Ryan Haller (AUS) 74-69, Matthew Millar (AUS) 70-73, Kalem Richardson (AUS) 69-74, Timothy Wood (AUS) 73-70.

144 – Scott Strange (AUS) 71-73, Shih-chang Chan (TPE) 76-68, Adam Crawford (AUS) 71-73, Marcus Cain (AUS) 71-73, Ryan Ruffels (am, AUS) 77-67, Anthony Summers (AUS) 74-70, Tim Wilkinson (NZL) 73-71, Leigh Deagan (AUS) 71-73, Joon-woo Choi (KOR) 72-72, Steven Jeffress (AUS) 75-69, John Young Kim (USA) 65-79, Jason Day (AUS) 70-74.

145 – Stephen Allan (AUS) 75-70, Matthew Griffin (AUS) 73-72, Mark Brown (NZL) 75-70, Ryan Lynch (AUS) 73-72, Steven Jones (AUS) 68-77, Paul Spargo (AUS) 74-71, Lucas Lee (BRA) 70-75, Ming-hao Wang (CHN) 75-70, Robert Allenby (AUS) 72-73, Anthony Murdaca (am, AUS) 71-74, Matthew Guyatt (AUS) 71-74, Michael Choi (AUS) 70-75.



146 – Brad Shilton (NZL) 74-72, Daniel Fox (AUS) 74-72, Andrew Martin (AUS) 77-69, Neven Basic (AUS) 70-76, Craig Parry (AUS) 72-74, James McLean (AUS) 70-76, Rika Batibasaga (AUS) 72-74, Cameron Davis (am, AUS) 76-70, Scott Gardiner (AUS) 75-71, Gareth Paddison (NZL) 72-74, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 74-72, Zac Stolz (am, AUS) 73-73, Woo-Hyun Kim (KOR) 73-73.

147 – Peter Cooke (AUS) 73-74, Annop Tangkamolprasert (THA) 71-76, Tze Huang Choo (SIN) 73-74, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 75-72, Bronson La’Cassie (AUS) 74-73, Kieran Pratt (AUS) 75-72, David Bransdon (AUS) 71-76, Jun Seok Lee (KOR) 74-73, Aaron Pike (AUS) 74-73, Shi Kim (KOR) 71-76, Scott Laycock (AUS) 68-79, Josh Geary (NZL) 73-74, Peter O’Malley (AUS) 73-74, Stephen Dartnall (AUS) 73-74, Ryan Fox (NZL) 73-74, Bradley Lamb (AUS) 73-74, Varut Chomchalum (THA) 71-76, David Klein (NZL) 74-73.

148 – Thomas Petersson (SWE) 76-72, Matthew Stieger (AUS) 81-67, Martin Dive (AUS) 74-74, Michael Wright (AUS) 71-77, Grant Thomas (AUS) 77-71, Xin Jun Zhang (CHN) 74-74, Brendan Smith (AUS) 74-74, Stephen Leaney (AUS) 73-75, Christopher Campbell (AUS) 77-71, Da-xing Jin (CHN) 73-75, Rory Bourke (AUS) 76-72, Clint Rice (AUS) 72-76.

149 – Peter Wilson (AUS) 76-73, Cameron Smith (AUS) 75-74, Craig Hancock (AUS) 76-73, Andre Stolz (AUS) 73-76, Jin Jeong (KOR) 73-76, Dimitrios Papadatos (AUS) 75-74, Troy Cox (AUS) 76-73, Michael Moore (AUS) 75-74, Joon-eob Son (KOR) 73-76.

150 – Peter Fowler (AUS) 76-74, Eric Mina (USA) 75-75, Rohan Blizard (AUS) 71-79.

151 – Greg Chalmers (AUS) 78-73, Yi Cao (CHN) 77-74, Andrew Tschudin (AUS) 76-75, Andrew Kelly (AUS) 77-74, Ze-cheng Dou (am, CHN) 73-78, Hyo-won Park (KOR) 72-79, Daniel Popovic (AUS) 77-74, Yu-Xiang Liu (CHN) 70-81.

152 – Brody Ninyette (AUS) 77-75, Richard T. Lee (CAN) 73-79, Kristopher Mueck (AUS) 76-76, Matthew Giles (AUS) 80-72, John Wade (AUS) 75-77, Matthew Ballard (AUS) 78-74, Xinyang Li (CHN) 76-76, Toby Wilcox (AUS) 76-76, Geon-ha Kim (KOR) 76-76, Garrett Sapp (USA) 75-77.

153 – Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 75-78.

154 – Wen-yi Huang (CHN) 78-76, Aaron Townsend (AUS) 78-76, Pasavee Lertvilai (THA) 74-80, Zheng Ouyang (CHN) 82-72, Richard Lee (NZL) 76-78.

155 – Peter Senior (AUS) 74-81, Ze-yu He (CHN) 78-77.

156 – Zhi Jun Ou (CHN) 79-77, Terry Price (AUS) 78-78, Pravee Visalkit (THA) 79-77, Brett Rankin (AUS) 75-81.

158 – Ren Han (CHN) 77-81.

159 – Xiongyi Zhao (CHN) 80-79, Jack Wilson (AUS) 80-79.

165 – Le Jun Deng (CHN) 80-85.

RT – Kevin Streelman (USA); WD – Nick Cullen (AUS); DQ – Kim Felton (AUS)


Source: OneAsia

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