Date: June 02, 2007

Australia day in Ohio

It&aposs a one-two-three for the Aussies at the halfway mark of the Memorial tournament in Ohio on Friday. Adam Scott finished the day with the outright lead, Rod Pampling is in second and Aaron Baddeley is in a share of third. Scott flirted with golf&aposs magic number on his way to the second-round. When he moved to nine under through 12 holes, Scott had visions of becoming just the fourth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, but he missed a couple of short putts down the stretch and had to settle for a 10-under-par 62, one shot shy of the course record in perfect conditions at Muirfield Village. “I put two and two together (thinking) if I make this four-footer (at the par-four 13th) I&aposll be 10-under and I&aposve got five holes for three birdies,” said Scott, who promptly missed the putt. “Maybe that&aposs the error I made. If I want to be critical of my round, then I&aposve got to learn not to do that (but) I&aposm not going to say I&aposm disappointed with a 62.” Scott posted a 12-under 132 halfway total, one shot better than Pampling (68), with Baddeley (68) and Florida native Bubba Watson (68) two behind. Tiger Woods was a distant 10 strokes off the pace, tied for 32nd after disappointing 72. Scott&aposs long game was magnificent as he missed only two fairways and two greens in regulation, all 11 of his birdies coming from inside 17 feet as he matched the lowest score of his career. “That&aposs probably the best ball-striking round I can remember,” said the 26-year-old Australian. “My ball-striking and distance control and everything was pretty much spot on, with the exception of the tee shot on 16 (where he made his lone bogey).” Since winning in Houston two months ago, world number four Scott has been frustrated by his inability to shoot scores commensurate, he believes, with the quality of his game. He was so exasperated after bogeying the final two holes Thursday that he had what he described as a “heart to heart” talk with caddie Tony Navarro. “We were just making too many errors out there, silly mistakes,” Scott continued. “We told each other what we thought about what&aposs gone on out there, because we knew I was close to playing really well. Our idea at the end of that was to come out and be focused and neither of us make a mistake.” Pampling could not match Scott&aposs fireworks, but he putted well to make several good par saves in the middle of his round to keep his card bogey free. “It was nice to make those putts and then carry on and put up a good number,” he said. Woods, meanwhile, lamented his putting after using his short stick 31 times: “I&aposm just not rolling the ball the way I want,” he said. “These greens are so perfect. If you put a putt on line it should go in. “I&aposm just not rolling the ball on line consistently. I have to make more putts, simple as that. I&aposm hitting it good enough.” World number two Phil Mickelson, who withdrew after 11 holes of the first round due to a sore left wrist, had some relatively good news when tests did not reveal a fracture, although the joint remains inflamed. “My intention is still to play in Memphis next week but realistically the chances are 50-50. I don&apost want to jeopardise the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Open,” Mickelson said in a statement. Results from round one of the Memorial Tournament, Ohio: -12: Adam Scott (Australia) 70 62 -11: Rod Pampling (Australia) 65 68 -10:Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 66 68, Bubba Watson 66 68 -9: Ryan Moore 66 69, Sean O&aposHair 65 70 -8: Fredrik Jacobson 68 68 -7: Nick Watney 68 69, Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 70 67, Ted Purdy 68 69 -6: Boo Weekley 69 69 -5: K.J. Choi 69 70, Trevor Immelman 72 67, Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 65 74, Tim Herron 66 73, Jim Furyk 70 69, Billy Mayfair 68 71, Brett Quigley 70 69 also: -2: Mark Hensby (Australia) 71 71 -1: John Senden (Australia) 71 72, Nathan Green (Australia) 73 70 E: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 70 74 missed cut: 3: Robert Allenby (Australia) 71 76 4: Peter Lonard (Australia) 72 76