PINEHURST, N.C. – Adam Scott has never been much of a U.S. Open player, but perhaps he turned a corner during Friday’s second round.
The world’s No. 1-ranked player posted a 3-under 67 – his best-ever score at a U.S. Open – to climb the leaderboard.
“I needed a good one today,” he said after a four-birdie, one-bogey performance. “Hit some good shots and made some putts today and it still felt like hard work, but I'm very happy with the score.”
In 12 previous U.S. Open starts, Scott has made the cut only six times, with a top finish of T-15.
While he could be in position to claim his best result at the year’s second major, he’ll still have plenty of work left to do, entering the weekend 10 shots behind leader Martin Kaymer.
He still feels like he can win, though.
“I think if I drew up my perfect plan right now, over the next 27 holes you would like to narrow the gap to you know, less than half of what it is. Anything could happen over nine holes at a U.S. Open, so if I played great and he continues to play great, I think I can narrow that gap and hopefully feel like I'm in contention come the back nine Sunday.”