If the Australian intended the comment to be an excuse for his 1-over 73 it didn’t come across that way.
With winds whipping to 25 mph, the world No. 1 calmly birdied his final two holes to salvage his round and keep his spot on the leaderboard (T-8). If Scott’s four-bogey round wasn’t exactly what he had hoped for it was tempered by the reality that things at Hoylake will only get harder.
“If it's tough conditions I'm certainly up for that challenge,” said Scott, who has finished in the top 3 in his last two starts at the Open. “I feel like I'm swinging the club really well. So the tougher it gets I think that favors me, if I can keep swinging well.”
The forecast for Saturday calls for similar winds and plenty of rain, conditions that gave an increasingly resilient Scott a reason to look forward to what promises to be a demanding weekend.
“If the wind stays up this afternoon, I shouldn't be too far back,” he said.