Adam Scott walking tightrope to make cut as Sergio Garcia crashes out


“I knew it’s got to be around the number,” Scott said. “I think it was the number overnight and it’s not windy enough for my liking so I’m going to need a bit of luck this afternoon.

“I was just pleased to make some good swings out there today. It was much, much better than [Thursday ] and hopefully I didn’t shoot myself in the foot with a bad round. I would like to play two more rounds and keep working on this.

“I adjusted my posture this morning on the range and changed the path of my swing a little bit. It was a good move because I was really struggling out there on [Thursday]. It was better. It wasn’t feeling amazing – it was hard work out there – but it definitely felt better.”

Former US Masters hero Garcia won’t be around on the weekend after a three-over 74 left his languishing at two-over for the tournament.

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Scott and Garcia’s playing partner, world No.14 Paul Casey (-9), heads the tournament mid-way through the second round after reeling off four straight birdies to post a six-under 65.

He tops a continental leaderboard with South African Louis Oosthuizen (-8), a key cog of the International side’s Presidents Cup assault against Tiger Woods’ Americans, in a tie for second with American Cameron Tringale.

Asked if he was still a chance to win the tournament if he made the cut, Scott said: “It would be tough. I would need a lot of things to go my way, a fast start and a windy afternoon … stranger things have happened. If I get well under par if I get to play again then I can take a bit of confidence into next week.”

Players enjoyed far better conditions than those which they suffered through on Thursday as thick smoke blanketed the course.



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