Scott drops 7 shots in four holes en route to 72


Well, that was ... eventful.

Adam Scott shot even-par 72 in the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, but it wasn't routine.

Scott birdied four of his first seven holes to get within one of leader Graeme McDowell during Friday's play at Sheshan International Golf Club, when one terrible stretch wrecked his round. It all started with one bad swing at eighth hole.

Scott hooked his tee shot into a hazard on the par-5 and played his third shot from a drop zone near the tee, from where he found the fairway. His fourth shot came up short of the green, but stayed out of the hazard.

His next shot wasn’t as fortunate.

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Scott hacked out of thick rough. His ball carried the water hazard but rolled back inside the hazard line, into a valley created by slope and a rock. After contemplating a pop shot with a lofted club, he opted to play from another drop zone, some 80 yards from the hole.

Scott finally reached the green with his seventh shot and eventually two-putted for a quadruple-bogey 9, giving back all the shots he had picked up on the day.

It took 44 minutes for his group to play the hole. He double bogeyed the ninth, for good measure, to turn in 2-over 38 and then bogeyed the 11th.

Scott rallied a bit down the stretch with an eagle at the par-5 14th and a birdie at the par-4 16th. All told, he carded one quad, one double, one bogey, one eagle and five birdies. At 2 under par, he's eight back of McDowell.