By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- He's had a three-week layoff but reigning Masters champ Adam Scott appears to have picked up where he left off on that historic Sunday through two rounds at TPC Sawgrass.
The 2004 PLAYERS champ is poised to make another run on the Stadium Course this week after Friday's 68 moved him to 7 under and four strokes off the pace being set by his good friend Sergio Garcia, who won here in 2008.
"If I keep striking it wll, I do like my chances because I feel like I'm kind of wearing the course down a little bit," Scott said. "I'm a little frustrated still today to bogey 18. I'll have to curb those errors over the weekend to have a chance, but it's playing tough. The greens are getting pretty quick. You're going to have to be a little cautious out there."
Scott made six birdies and two bogeys on Friday. Interestingly, he didn't birdie any of the par 5s but he did bogey one of them. Scott also managed a tap-in birdie at the 14th hole, the toughest of the day, when his 7-iron from 187 yards released and stopped 17 inches from the pin.
For the week, the Aussie ranks first in greens in regulation, hitting all but five, and he's tied for second in driving accuracy, hitting 23 of 26 fairways. He has used 60 putts, though.
"I think I pieced my round together really nicely today," Scott said. "Obviously there was a couple of errors, but that's very easy to do here. But overall I played really well. Trying to warm the putter up. There were signs of it. But the greens were a little tricky this year to really get a precise read on, and maybe saving a few for the weekend."