COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Adam Scott completed his round on Sunday at the Memorial, he said he was undecided if he’d play Monday’s 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open.
His decision to tee it up in the event on Monday turned out to be a good one, at least through 18 holes, after the Australian opened with a 66 on Brookside Golf & Country Club for a share of the midway lead.
Scott is tied with Stewart Cink, Russell Knox, Kevin Tway and Kevin Streelman through 18 holes. The top 14 players qualify for the U.S. Open in two weeks.
“I want a week off after this, so I want to play well this afternoon and prepare properly for the U.S. Open,” said Scott, whose bogey-free round included three consecutive birdies starting at the 14th hole. “I feel my form is good enough that with good preparation I could have a good week there.”
Scott could have qualified for the U.S. Open with a solid round on Sunday at the Memorial, but he struggled to a closing 73 and a tie for 35th to move to 64th in the world ranking. The top 60 following this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic will also qualify to play the year’s second major.
Scott – who has played in 67 consecutive majors, a streak that dates back to 2001 and is second only to Sergio Garcia (72) among active players – is currently in the field in Memphis.