Masters champ Scott fades early on Day 2


ARDMORE, Pa. – Adam Scott began his suspended first round early Friday morning tied for the lead with Phil Mickelson at 3 under par in the U.S. Open. Seven holes later, the Masters champ had coughed up five shots and shot 2-over-par 72.

Scott seemed in complete control of his game over the first 11 holes Thursday at Merion, recording four birdies against a lone bogey. It was the complete opposite Friday as Scott made three bogeys and a double bogey in a six-hole stretch.

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The double bogey came via a drive that went sailing out of bounds left on the par-4 15th hole. The second drive on that hole flirted with OB again, but stayed in. Scott hit the ball onto the green and two putted for double-bogey 6. Scott’s last bogey of the round was a three-putt on the treacherous par-3 17th.

Scott hit seven of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens and needed 31 putts.

The star-studded grouping of Scott, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy (the top three players in the world) did not deliver as planned. Scott’s 72 was the best score of the bunch. Woods and McIlroy both shot 73.