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Young Scott at it Again

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Adam Scott produced a round of 66 Friday to command the outright lead following 36 holes at the Ericsson Australian Masters at the Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne.
 
The 20-year-old Scott sits at 7-under-par for the tournament, one shot clear of Peter Lonard and Brad King, who shot a matching pair of 68s on Day 2. Seven others, including Colin Montgomerie and native Craig Parry, are tied at 5-under, two shots off the pace.
 
Scott is searching for his second professional victory, following his inaugural triumph only weeks ago at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. This week, he seems to be playing well enough to do just that in his homeland.
 
'I'm happy because I played very solid golf today,' he claimed. 'It was the best I've played since winning a few weeks ago in Johannesburg, only much more consistent.'
 
This may come as a rather scary thought for the rest in contention over the weekend. With Scott's prodigious length off the tee, should he get a sudden case of consistency to his game, he could be a very tough man to beat indeed.
 
Still, some other very fine players are still in the mix of things, one of which is Montgomerie, who seems to be coming into form as well. Playing his first nine holes in 1-under, Monty kicked in the juice on the backside, pouring in four birdies over his final seven holes for a fine 67.
 
'This is what I pride myself on, the mistakes that I don't make, and that's what I've done here,' the big Scot said. 'From tee to green it's as good as it's been. I'm in a good position now.'
 
Another in good position entering Saturday is Parry. The 35-year-old from Sydney also has the added experience of having won this particular event before. He wasn't exactly enthused with the completion of his round Friday, yet is right in the hunt entering the weekend.
 
'I actually played pretty good today, better than yesterday,' said Parry. 'I missed my first green on the 16th hole and another on 18. It was just really disappointing the way I putted out there and just didn't make enough putts.'
 
One other player who certainly did not make enough putts, or anything else for that matter, was last week's runner-up to Aaron Baddeley at the Greg Norman Holden International, Sergio Garcia.
 
Garcia shot rounds of 75-73 and did not make the cut of 1-over-par.
 
Baddeley did, however. Back-to-back rounds of 72, though, will require some stellar play over the weekend if the 19-year-old star is to make it two successive wins in as many weeks.
 
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