MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott bogeyed his final hole Friday for a 1-under 70 to share the lead with fellow Australian Peter Wilson after two rounds of the Australian Masters at Huntingdale.
Scott and Wilson, who shot his second consecutive 67, had 36-hole totals of 8-under 134 on the southeast Melbourne sand-belt course where Scott lost two playoffs in 2002 and 2003.
They led by one stroke over Australian Matthew Guyatt (66), while Brett Rumford, who shot 64 for the low round of the day, and American George McNeil (66), were tied for third, two strokes behind.
U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, playing in Scott’s group, shot 70. The American was at 3-under, tied for 12th and five strokes behind the leading pair.
Scott had four birdies on the front nine to lead the tournament by five strokes, but stumbled on the back, double-bogeying the 10th after an errant drive and adding another bogey on 13 before faltering again on the 18th.
”It was a tale of two halves, I played very nice on the front nine, good solid stuff, but I just fought my way home after I lost all my momentum there (on the 10th),” Scott said. ”You have to be so precise when you drive around here, and I wasn’t today.”
McNeil, who is a close friend of Melbourne native Geoff Ogilvy and is playing in Australia for the first time, holed his 9-iron from 148 yards for an eagle-2 on the ninth, his final hole of the day.
”Honestly I didn’t see it go in the hole,” the 40-year-old McNeil said. ”Fortunate to go in … kind of pot luck.”
Rumford, who has been idle for most of the year after undergoing emergency surgery in South Africa in March for an intestinal blockage, had a morning tee time in calm conditions.
”The conditions made it fun, I think, obviously with minimal wind all day today,” said Rumford, who birdied four of his final five holes. ”It didn’t want to get up. Yesterday was blustery and obviously a very big difference.”
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium missed the cut by four strokes after a 74 Friday and a 7-over total.