Scott eyes fast Vegas start

16 October 2021 20:19:57 GMTPlus11
Adam Scott is T2 at the CJ Cup

Adam Scott says he'll need to attack the front nine at The Summit Club if he's to have a chance of overhauling halfway leader Keith Mitchell at the CJ Cup.

Scott has moved into a tie for second at the PGA Tour event after two rounds and is 4001.00 to capture his first tour title since the 2020 Genesis Invitational. However, he has some work to do to overhaul Mitchell, who is 4001.00 to break his duck having moved five shots clear of the field on 18-under.

Mitchell kicks on

World no.137 Mitchell was able to build on his opening round of 62 as he fired an eight-under 64 to give him a sizeable lead over the rest of the field.

Scott is amongst a quartet of players sat in second place alongside Jordan Spieth, Harry Higgs and Seonghyeon Kim, with the Australian taking advantage of the perfect conditions to card a nine-under 63.

Hopefully I can get it going a bit more on the front nine.

Adam Scott

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The former world No.1 finished with a flourish to keep himself in contention in Las Vegas, recording seven straight threes to end his round, a run that included two eagles.

No time to lose for Scott

Having started the back nine with two straight bogeys, Scott was delighted by his excellent conclusion to the second round but says he can't afford to start slowly again on Saturday if he is to topple Mitchell.

"Fairly behind the lead, but it seems like if the weather's good, we're just going to have to keep doing more of the same," Scott told the Golf Channel.

"There are a lot of birdies out there. Hopefully I can get it going a bit more on the front nine. A fast start would do the momentum a world of good for the weekend."

One shot behind Scott are Rickie Fowler and Tyrrell Hatton on 12-under in a tie for sixth, while Ian Poulter and Paul Casey remain in the mix at 11-under.

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