DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Adam Scott was frustrated by hitting good shots and signing for mediocre scores. After a spirited chat with his caddie, both were determined to squeeze everything they could out of the second round at the Memorial.
Scott flirted with perfection Friday at Muirfield Village, missing four putts inside 12 feet and still shooting a 10-under 62.
It gave him a one-shot lead over Rod Pampling, and he hopes it will be enough to shake off the golf gremlins that have been holding him back since his victory in Houston two months ago.
"We just told each other what we thought about what's going on out there, a bit of a heart-to-heart, because we knew I was close to playing really well," Scott said of his talk with Tony Navarro. "Our idea was to come out and be focused, and neither of us make a mistake."
He made one, hitting a heavy 7-iron that tumbled off the front of the green and into the bunker on the par-3 16th, and his 12-foot par putt rippled over the edge. He followed that with a 20-footer on the 17th for his 11th birdie of the round.
Scott was at 12-under 132, one shot ahead of Pampling, who played bogey-free for a 68. Bubba Watson had a chance to tie for the lead until he went long on the 18th for a bogey for a 68, leaving him at a 10-under 134 with another Aussie, Aaron Baddeley (68).
It was another day of good scoring conditions, with stifling heat, mild breezes, fairways with plenty of roll and greens that held approach shots and rolled smoothly.
That wasn't the case for Tiger Woods.
The three-time Memorial champion hit the ball decently enough, but couldn't make anything outside 6 feet until he rolled in a 10-foot birdie on the final hole for a 72, leaving him 10 shots behind.
"You look at a lot of guys up there, they're making a bunch of putts, and not just from 6, 7, 8 feet. They're making them from 20 feet," Woods said. "I just haven't done that."
Scott didn't really need to. He hit the ball so pure that except for hitting into the bunker on the 16th and going into the first cut of rough beyond the 18th green, he had only one putt longer than 15 feet.
Jim Furyk noticed the 62 on the board before he teed off, but what really got his attention were the other low scores from the morning group of players some were pretty good, but nowhere close to what Scott did.
Scott's round was one shot off the course record John Huston had a 61 in 1996 but even more impressive was that the next lowest score on the day was 67.
"That round was really good because it separated himself," Furyk said after his 69. "That's how I judge a low round. Someone might shoot 63, and you'll see a couple of 64s and a couple of 65s. But when the next best round is a 67 ... that's a darn good round."