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Scott (73) falls further behind in Australian Open

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Adam Scott's transition to a conventional-length putter continues to be an up-and-down proposition. Scott dug himself into a hole Friday with a 2-over 73 in the second round of the Australian Open. At 2-over 144, Scott was nine strokes behind early second-round leader Matt Jones.

Scott, who won this tournament in 2009, never managed a birdie, making 16 pars and two bogeys. He hit 14 of 18 greens and took 32 putts, four more than in his even-par first round.

"Came out very flat today and just didn't get anything going," Scott said afterward. "Struggled on the greens to get a putt to the hole, found them very slow, didn't make any good adjustments out there, so was battling all day. I just didn't have the speed dialed in. It rained and the greens got slow and I was misjudging that. I missed every putt on the low side - pace wasn't up. I didn't adjust at all."

Scott is trying to avoid going winless this year, something that hasn't happened since 2001. He knows he has a tough road ahead.

"It's not an easy golf course," he said. "Just a little bit off and you're grinding out there. [It was] just one of those days. I need two good rounds to win this tournament."