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March 10 2012

12:00 AM

Scott rallies to stay in contention

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Adam Scott birdied four of his final six holes to shoot 4-under 68.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- When Adam Scott found the water on his second shot on the par-5 eighth hole, where he had a tough stance playing out of a fairway bunker, it looked like his chances of winning might have sunk, too.

Scott, the overnight leader, made double bogey and was getting lapped by Bubba Watson and Justin Rose at that point.

But he didn’t let it bother him, closed in 32 and shot 68 to enter the weekend 10 under and just two shots off the lead.

“I knew I had 10 and 12 that were reachable par-5s, so I knew I was going to hopefully give myself some good chances,” said Scott, who made five birdies on the back nine, including one on the 10th hole. “Things like that happen. It's a tough course not to make any mistakes on.”

That was about the only mistake Scott made, aside from a bogey on the 11th, as he hit 16 greens in regulation and continued to sink putts.

Of Scott’s four birdies over his final six holes, all four came from outside 20 feet, including on the difficult 18th hole. Scott hit a 300-yard drive then hit 7-iron in before sinking the putt from 20 feet, 6 inches.

”It's what I needed to do,” said Scott, who is making just his third start on the PGA TOUR this season. “I feel like I'm playing too good to be six back after two days is how I felt coming to the 13th tee. You've just got to putt your head down and make the most of it.”

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