Scott, who has missed only one cut in his previous eleven attempts at Muirfield Village, dropped a shot at his 17th hole today after failing to get up and down from just right of the green but he has worked his way into contention in the US$9.1 million event.
A return to the long putter at the recent PGA Championship where he finished 8th appears to have changed the fortunes for Scott on the greens and he acknowledged as much after his round.
“Well, one of the big benefits for me putting with the long putter is my speed gets really good. That's just always been the case. And I putted fairly well at the US PGA first week back out with the long one, and you get on nice greens like this, get the confidence up, it's nice to see them rolling in the hole."
While there have been only three top tens in his previous appearances at the Memorial Tournament, Scott has a liking for the layout and the event.
“It (the course) really sets up well for me, and I feel like I've played a lot of good golf here over the years, just never four days in a row.
“It's just never been quite enough. But I've shot some of my really great rounds of my career here. I remember 62 in '06 that was such a good round of golf on a very, very difficult golf course that day. It just sets up well for me. I love coming here.”
Marc Leishman is the next best of the Australians although he was unable to maintain the form he displayed on day one and is now in a share of 10th place and four from the lead after his round of even par 71.
Matt Jones improved sharply on day two to be in 33rd place, his round of 67 overcoming a near-disastrous opening round of 75 yesterday.
Aaron Baddeley shares 33rd place with Jones, two late birdies clearing him of any concerns re the cutline.
Jordan Spieth continued his recent improvement to be just one shot from the lead while Tiger Woods is seven from the leading trio after his round of 71.
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