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Untimely missed cut for Scott in Houston

Scott's Masters preparations hampered by missed cut (Photo: Getty Images)
AFTER a strong opening round built around some excellent putting, Adam Scott endured a horror day with the flatstick Friday on his way to missing the cut at the Houston Open.

The 2013 Masters champion was a model of consistency in Thursday’s opening round 68 but round two was the polar opposite as he gave up almost four shots to the field in the Stokes Gained Putting category.

Scott came to the Golf Club of Houston off a three week break and showed signs of rust on day two as he makes final preparations for the first major of the year next week.

His second round 77 saw the Queenslander tumble down the leaderboard and after starting the day just outside the top 10 he missed the weekend by a shot.

Scott was disappointed with his driver on day one and lamented not being able to hit his approaches close enough to have genuine birdie chances and while he was also less than his best on day two it was on the greens where the scoring damage was done.

Three times Scott three putted making little in the way of anything meaningful but he wasn’t the only high profile player to struggle on day two.

Fellow major winners Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth were also at less than their best, Spieth signing for a Friday 77 to end his week while Stenson added a 75 to an opening 74.

Despite finishing the day outside the top 100 at 2-over, Spieth admitted he was disappointed to be bowing out early.

“We come into every tournament with the idea that we want to win that week and our focus is on that week,” Spieth said.

“So it is a bit disappointing in that sense.”

Despite some poor driving and iron play, however, Spieth remained defiant about his chances at Augusta next week.

 “I don’t have two weekends in a row off very often,” he said when asked what the missed cut meant for his preparations.

 “A few years ago we missed the cut here and we had a chance to win on Sunday at the Masters, so I’m not considering myself out of next week.

“We know and the other players that are playing next week know that we strike fear in others next week.

“So, that’s our idea, that’s going to be my confidence level going in, and we’ll step on the 1st tee ready to play.”

Korea’s Sung Kang opened up a big lead on the field with a 9-under 63 on day two, his 16-under two day total good for a six shot lead over Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley.

Overnight leader Rickie Fowler endured a roller coaster back nine with two bogeys and a double offset by three birdies to post a 1-under 71 and be outright fourth.

Aaron Baddeley leads the Australian challenge after a second round 68 moved him to 8-under for the week and T5.

Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones, both T41 at 2-under for the week, were the only other Australians to make the cut.

Greg Chalmers, John Senden, Cameron Smith, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby and Steven Bowditch all joined Scott in having the weekend off.

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