Scott, 'hungry' for more, remains high on board
By Stan Awtrey, PGA.com Contributor
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Adam Scott might be ready to change the discussion about who should be the 2013 Player of the Year.
Scott played through wet and miserable conditions Friday morning to shoot a 68 in the second round of the PGA Championship. That gave the Australian the lead after the early wave. And should he hang on to win, Scott could make a convincing case that no one had a better season.
“The platform has never been better for me to go on and win multiple majors,” Scott said. “I guess you’ve got to take the confidence and form of winning a major and run with it.”
A win at Oak Hill would give Scott, the reigning Masters champion, his second major victory of the season. No one has won back-to-back majors since Padraig Harrington claimed the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2008.
“I’ve told you that these are going to be my best years and generally they are for any golfer,” Scott said. “I’m doing everything I can to make sure they are. I can’t take my foot off the gas just because I achieved something great at Augusta.”
Scott, who had sole possession of the lead at the Open Championship last month before dropping back over the final nine holes, has finished among the top 10 in six of the last 11 majors. A second major championship would probably be enough to overcome almost anyone else’s season – even Tiger Woods’.
“All it says is that I’m hungry at the moment,” Scott said. “I was hungry before the Masters and I might even have a bigger appetite after it. It might be greedy, but I feel like this is my time to get everything I want out of my career, and I’m going to keep pushing until I do.”
Scott barely looked fazed by the nasty weather on Friday. He played confidently, especially on the greens.
He began the second round sharing the lead with Jim Furyk at 5 under. Starting on the back nine, he opened with a birdie at No. 10, added another at No. 13 and a third at No. 16, which lifted him to a three-shot lead at 8 under.
His first hiccup came at No. 17, the toughest hole on the course. His approach putt from off the green came up short and he missed the four-footer for par. After making a par on the 18th, he made the turn in 33.
Scott got to 8 under two other times, but immediately gave the shot back. He birdied No. 2 and bogeyed No. 3. He birdied No. 6 and bogeyed No. 7.
Scott avoided another bogey at No. 8. He pushed his tee shot right and a young fan reached down to pick the ball up. He quickly dropped it and Scott was allowed to drop. He then executed a low wedge that stayed under the branches of an oak tree and rolled to within about eight feet of the hole. He two-putted for his par and the made par on the last hole to stand 7 under for the week.
“I’ve been working really hard to try and get myself in these kinds of positions,” Scott said. “Only halfway there this week, but it’s so important to get off to good starts. (Saturday) is going to be fun. Hopefully this leaves me in a spot where a good round will give me a chance at the trophy.”