Disaster has officially been averted for Adam Scott at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
After opening his title defense with a shaky 2-over 72, the Aussie appeared in danger of a rare missed cut - and coming off an early exit last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, potentially his first run of back-to-back missed cuts since June 2010.
Those concerns were quickly allayed, as Scott carded a bogey-free 66 to not only make the cut but move onto the fringe of contention at Colonial Country Club.
Scott birdied each of his first two holes, made it around the "Horrible Horseshoe" unscathed and added birdies on Nos. 6 and 9 to make the turn in 4-under 31. While he appeared on the verge of an ultra-low round at the turn, Scott still moved up 61 spots in the standings despite closing with nine straight pars.
At 2-under 138, he heads into the weekend in a tie for 25th, eight shots behind Kevin Na.
Scott's first two rounds bear an eerie resemblance to his start at this event a year ago, when he barely scraped past the cut line after rounds of 71 and 68. He then shot a 66 in the third round, followed with another 66 in the final round and went on to defeat Jason Dufner in a playoff.