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Scott well placed after solid opening round

ADAM Scott played solid golf on day two of the US Open at Oakmont to be well in the mix despite the disjointed nature of the tournament.

THREE weeks ago at the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament, Australian TV commentator Ian Baker-Finch suggested on air that Adam Scott had found something in his game.

“He really feels like he's learned some things this week,” Baker-Finch told the audience despite Scott posting an indifferent T55 finish.

But it turns out Baker-Finch might have been right. At the soggy mess that the 116th US Open has become, Scott signed for an opening round 71 on day two, 1-over-par and good enough to be inside the top 20 as he left the scorer's hut.

With some second round play already started before all first rounds have been completed, following the leaderboard is a confusing affair. What's not in dispute, though, is the state of Scott's game.

Statistically, his two birdie, three bogey round was one of the best of the day.

Scott found 64 per cent of fairways (field average 58 per cent) and 67 per cent of greens (field average 56 per cent).

But the most encouraging statistic might have come on the greens where the 35-year-old averaged 1.67 putts per green against a field average of 1.73.

That margin might seem tiny but at this level of the game it is significant. Time after time Scott made par putts in the four to six foot range, crucial shots at a tournament which can jangle the nerves of even the best.



Scott joined three other Australians at 1-over as well as some of the game's biggest names.

Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy and Cameron Smith also returned scores of 71 as did Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk.

All of it means little at this early stage with Scott having less than two hours to contemplate his score before heading out to start his second 18.

The tournament has become a disjointed affair after three major weather delays yesterday saw play suspended with half the field not hitting a shot.

Only nine players completed play Thursday, the rest returning to the course at 7.30am today.

Those slotted to hit off Thursday afternoon instead began play at 8.15am Friday and while many were still completing round one others were already on course for round two.

The USGA is determined to finish the tournament Sunday night and are hopeful to have round three completed early Sunday morning ton allow play in two balls for the final round.


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