Date: November 02, 2007

Scott gets hot in Singapore

Defending champion Adam Scott has made his move in a weather-interrupted second round at the Singapore Open. The Australian moved into outright third courtesy of four birdies on the back nine as he posted a four-under-par 67 to be five-under-par for the tournament. He trails 36-hole leader and US Open champion Angel Cabrera who fired a sparkling eight-under-par 63. American Jin Park separates the duo. Park is six-under-par following his solid one-under-par 70 at Sentosa Golf Club&aposs Serapong course on Friday. Australian Gavin Flint (72), who had a share of the overnight lead, remains prominent at four-under-par, tied with Englishman Lee Westwood. World No.2 Phil Mickelson (72), KJ Choi (72) and Vijay Singh (70) were handily placed on two-under-par, but world No.4 Ernie Els could miss the cut. Els, who was beaten by Scott in a play-off last year, slumped to six-over-par, to the halfway mark of the event after shooting a 76. With play suspended for 70 minutes in the afternoon due to lightning, 37 players will have to return on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds with the projected cut currently at five-over-par. After opening the tournament with a level-par 71, Cabrera caught fire in his second round, shooting an impressive nine birdies. The big-hitting Argentinian had to keep his driver in his bag for much of his opening round after the clubhead came loose from the shaft but after having it repaired overnight, he found his form in calm conditions at Sentosa. “I really hit it well off the tee and made everything that I needed to make and that was the difference,” said the world No.17, whose birdie run included a 25-foot putt at the third. “I stroked the ball very solidly, especially on the back nine. Not really from long distance, just from makeable distances.” Els though had little reason to smile after eight bogeys put him in real jeopardy of missing the cut. “It&aposs not the way I wanted to play obviously. I felt good before the round started. I actually birdied my first hole but then after that, I just couldn&apost get it together,” he said. “All in all, it was quite disappointing. I was hoping for better things this week but that&aposs golf, you know.” “I&aposm fine. I can&apost give you any excuses. I wish I could but it is what it is. It&aposs one of my worst rounds of the year and unfortunately it had to be in Singapore.”