Scott relishing tougher conditions at Liverpool


HOYLAKE, England – “Everything is harder out there,” Adam Scott said following his second round at the Open Championship.

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.

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“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.