Scott stays in touch in Singapore

BY iseekgolf.com | Asian Tour | 2005 Singapore Open | Round Two | 09 Sep 2005

Australian Adam Scott watches his drive in the opening round of the Singapore Open.Singapore, September 9: World number seven Adam Scott stayed on track for a title charge in the US$2 million Singapore Open with a steady two-under-par 69 on Friday.

The 25-year-old Australian sank three birdies against a lone bogey at the Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course to trail early halfway leaders Edward Michaels of the United States and Australian rookie Andrew Buckle.

On a sweltering day, Buckle, the 2001 Australian amateur champion, sizzled with an outstanding 65, despite a bogey at his last hole, the ninth. Michaels, last year’s Philippine Open champion, moved into contention with a solid 67.

“It was pretty steady stuff, I would like to have made a couple of putts to give me a bit of momentum but I have played pretty solid. I’m in a good position,” said Scott, who is chasing his third win of the year.

Starting from the back nine, the talented Aussie turned in one-under with short birdies on the 10th and 13th, sandwiched by a bogey on 12th, the longest par four on the course at 490 yards. He later drained a 20-footer on the fifth for his third birdie.

Scott feels he has a low round in his game for a weekend charge. “I don’t think anyone is running away with it, so I’m in good shape. I have not given myself too much work to do at the weekend. There is a good round of golf out there at some point, something like six-under,” he said.

The 23-year-old Buckle is enjoying a strong rookie season on the Asian Tour with three top-10s including a runner-up finish behind Korean star Choi Kyung-ju in the SK Telecom Open in Korea in May. And he showed his massive potential once again to upstage his more illustrious compatriot with a seven-birdie round for the lowest score so far at the challenging Serapong course.

Buckle stayed out of the rough, missing only two fairways with a strong driving display. “I will try to be patient at the weekend. It’s still a long way to go,” he said.

Michaels thanked his wife-cum-caddie Missy for keeping him on track for what could be a lucrative US$315,000 payout in Asia’s richest national Open. "If you told me that I would be six under through two rounds earlier in the week, I would say ’where do I sign up’," said Michaels.

“Missy has been great. She just kinds of prods me along and tells me to stay in the present and not think too much of what I’m doing in the overall scheme of the tournament and hit it one shot at a time. We have fun out there most of the time, it’s always easier when you’re playing well,” he said.

Overnight co-leaders Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, last year’s Asian Tour number one, and little known compatriot Chapchai Nirat are playing their second rounds in the afternoon.

Source – Asian Tour




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