June 13, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott is at even-par 140 after the U.S. Open's first two rounds. (Getty Images/David Cannon)
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Adam Scott knows all about holding a large 36-hole lead. He was seven shots ahead at the halfway point of this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Scott didn't win, though, shooting 147 (71-76) in the final two rounds to finish third. His weekend sum (62-68) was 17 shots higher than his opening two rounds at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Martin Kaymer had an eight-shot lead Friday at the U.S. Open when the morning wave completed play. Scott was 10 shots back after a second-round 67, which was six shots lower than his opening round.
“It's great golf for Martin. … For him to come out today and back it up is super. If he does it for two more days, then we're all playing for second spot,” Scott said. “But we all know that U.S. Opens get very difficult and if I can just somehow put together two really good rounds, maybe slowly but surely I'll creep my way up towards Martin.”
Scott hit 10 of 14 fairways Friday and only hit 11 of 18 greens, but needed just 26 putts. He shot a bogey-free 33 on the back nine, his first of the day, before making a bogey on No. 2. He made two birdies and no bogeys over the final seven holes. He made four bogeys Thursday in his first-round 73, compared to just one Friday.
The U.S. Open is the only major championship in which Scott has not contended. His best finish in 12 appearances is T15 in 2012. A good weekend could improve on that mark, though.
“Over the next 27 holes you would like to narrow the gap to … less than half of what it is,” Scott said. “Anything could happen over nine holes at a U.S. Open, so if I played great and he continues to play great, I think I can narrow that gap and hopefully feel like I'm in contention come the back nine Sunday.”