Masters champion Adam Scott has completed 36 holes at Merion in 7 over.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Adam Scott, the only man with a chance to win the Grand Slam this year, may not be around for the weekend at Merion.
The Aussie shot a disappointing 75 in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open and stands 7 over at the midway point. Obviously, the cut won't be determined until sometime on Saturday thanks to weather delays of more than four hours -- but right now the low 60s and ties stands at 5 under.
Scott actually had to play 25 holes on Friday after weather delays of more than four hours the previous day played havoc with the schedule. He had just birdied the 11th hole when darkness suspended play, and he was sitting pretty, just one stroke off the lead.
Scott never found his comfort zone on a cool, windy Friday morning, though. He returned at 7:15 a.m. and found the green speeds significantly faster than on Thursday. Scott promptly bogeyed the 12th, 14th and 17th holes, as well as doubled No. 15, to finish with a first-round 72.
"There was a lot of holes and it was tricky this morning when we came out," Scott said. "I got off on the wrong foot and just struggled to find my rhythm all day. I didn't make the putts I needed to kind of save some shots here and there. And they just slipped away too easily.
"But that's what can happen if you're just a little bit off."
Scott felt he played better Friday afternoon but just didn't make anything. He only had one birdie in the second round -- and unfortunately, he also had six bogeys, including four in a row starting at the third hole.
"I was a little disappointed with the way I played today," Scott said. "Like I said, I just lost my rhythm early this morning when it was a bit cold and windy and just fought with it all day long and the putter kind of cooled off. So I would have liked to make some putts and then you're always happy."
Scott won't be happy, of course, if he ends up missing the cut. "But I'll deal with that when it happens," he said.
And if he does survive to play the final two rounds? Well, Scott thinks anyone who is playing on the weekend has a shot.
"It's possible," he said. "I mean, I still see those, you know, 4 or 5 unders possible. It's difficult, but it's still possible with it soft. You just have to hit every shot perfect. And for one day, I mean, it is doable.
"So someone who just makes the cut could have a great round Saturday and kind of move their way back into the tournament. I don't see that beyond the realm of possibility, yeah. It's out there, for sure."