Scott shines in Singapore

12/11/2010 08:58:51
Adam Scott   (Getty Images)
Adam Scott (Getty Images)

Two-time champion Adam Scott set the second round clubhouse target at the Barclays Singapore Open after consecutive rounds of 65.

And the Australian, a winner at Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, hopes to put his previous record to good use over the weekend after establishing a two shot lead over another player who knows how to get the job done in Singapore - defending champion Ian Poulter.

"Every time you have won somewhere you always enjoy going back and you have good feelings," said Scott.

"I have had a great run here in Singapore in the past and it would be great to have another great run over the weekend and get win number three.

"But I just enjoy being here, everyone is really supportive and I have a good time playing golf here."

After a four-hour delay caused by thunderstorms on the opening day, most of the field were able to complete their second rounds in perfect conditions.

Scott had opened with a six under par round on the longer Serapong Course and looked set to build up a significant lead when five birdies and an eagle in six holes from the third saw him turn in 29 on the Tanjong set-up.

But the 30 year old lost his way slightly with bogeys at the 11th and 13th before leaving his birdie putt at the 14th millimetres short.

An approach to within six inches at the next saw him pull a shot back to reach 12 under par at the halfway stage.

"It was a good day overall, it was a long day - 30 holes of golf - so I'm pleased with the outcome," said Scott.

"It was a shame to slow down a bit on the back nine but that's golf I suppose. It's out there and you still have to go out and make the putts if you are going to score well.

Ryder Cup star Poulter opened with a 69, and was nine shots adrift of Scott when he turned in 34 on the Tanjong Course.

But the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play champion produced a blistering inward 29 to move right into contention.

Birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th were followed by a second shot to six inches at the 15th and after a solid par at the 16th he left himself another tap-in birdie at the 17th.

He then proceeded to hole a mammoth 100 foot left-to-right putt on the last to sit ten under.

“It was the very, very left edge of the back of the green and I reckon it is a good 100 feet, if not a touch more and I certainly can’t remember holing anything of that length in the past,” said Poulter.

“I’m looking forward to going back onto Serapong. It is definitely the harder of the two courses but I like that. I hear it might be a bit windy on Sunday which is good so I have to put myself up there in the hunt again."

Graeme McDowell lies third alongside Fredrik Andersson Hed and Kyung-nam Kang, the US Open Championship winner starting his second round with four straight birdies.

But that was as good as it got for the Northern Irishman as he followed an opening 65 with a 68.

Andersson Hed also opened with a quartet of birdies as the Swede's impressive season continued with a second round 65.

Having gone through Qualifying School 12 months ago, the 38 year old landed the BMW Italian Open and is flying high at 21st on The Race to Dubai.

World Number 567 Kang shone with a bogey-free 67, while in-form Dutchman Joost Luiten was also nine under with six holes of his round remaining.