Date: December 03, 2010
Author: Adam Lucius at The Lakes Golf Club, Sportal

Scott not expecting to challenge

Adam Scott will survive the cut after a face-saving second round 66 at the Australian Open, but the defending champion isn&apost expecting a full-blown revival over the weekend. After carding a disappointing 75 on Thursday, Scott recovered to shoot six-under in benign conditions at The Lakes on Friday morning. But despite his return to form, Scott believes he has too much ground to make up on those ahead of him. Clubhouse leader Geoff Ogilvy heads the pack on 11-under following his second round 65, seven shots ahead of Scott. “I&aposm still a long way behind and it&aposs not a good position to be on this golf course,” Scott said. “It was a good round, I played well (and) made a couple of putts and kept myself around for the weekend but I feel like I&aposm a little too far behind at the moment.” “I finally made a couple of putts today. I didn&apost have a one-putt green yesterday.” Scott declared heavy rain earlier in the week had taken the sting out of the course, making it virtually impossible for those down the leaderboard to surge through the field over the closing two rounds. “I&aposm going to have to have a really hot round tomorrow,” he said. “I don&apost really see the leaders coming backwards no matter how windy it gets.” “The challenge of this golf course has to be the greens and with them slow and fairly soft, mainly because of all the rain, it&aposs maybe not as hard as what they would have liked.” “It&aposs all about what happens up at the greens but for this week for whatever reason because of the rain and also the fear of the wind they may not have them fast enough to have the course bear its teeth.” “It&aposs certainly not at the moment, especially not in the morning where we&aposve seen both days some pretty good scores.” Whether or not he mounts a challenge over the next two days, Scott rates 2010 a successful year. The momentum that began with his win in last year&aposs Australian Open win dovetailed into victories at the Texas and Singapore Opens. “This year has been great. Tee to green it&aposs been as good as it&aposs ever been, my consistency been great,” Scott enthused. “It&aposs on and off with the putter but I&aposm certainly seeing improvement.” “I&aposm happy with where my game&aposs at but I think there&aposs a lot of room for improvement so that&aposs a positive sign for me heading into next year.”