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Adam Scott shoots 72 to stay in contention at Masters

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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If Adam Scott goes on to win his second Masters in as many years we will remember what he did on the second nine on Friday as the reason why.

Scott was trending towards something horrific after a first nine of 39 but willed in three birdies on the second nine to finish with an even-par 72 and where he started to par, 3 under.

He's still four back of Bubba Watson but with only one golfer (John Senden) between the last two green jacket winners.

Scott made birdies at Nos. 12, 13, and 15 and nearly made one at No. 17 but went par-par for his finish to get in at that 3 under mark.

"Patience came into it on the back nine," Scott told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. "I just tried to remember all the good shots I hit yesterday and had to execute and managed to make something happen to move back into the red numbers."

Last year when Scott won he was three back of second-round leader Jason Day before shooting 69-69 on the weekend for the win.

Adam Scott didn't play great on Friday but it could have been worse. (Getty Images)
We won't see Adam Scott didn't play great on Friday but it could have been worse. (Getty Images)

Scott has become so mentally tough at majors recently. His nearly mistake-free Thursday and rebound on Friday are evidence of that.

He'll be chasing this weekend but that shouldn't be a problem -- it wasn't last season. Plus, having just blown a seven-stroke 36-hole lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a few weeks ago he might be more comfortable trying to rally from behind.

"Tomorrow's a big day for everyone," said Scott. I'd like to close that gap to feel like I'm starting Sunday with a great chance."

With Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson fading on Friday Scott will take center stage with Bubba Watson on Saturday and maybe Sunday for a rubber match of sorts.

That's something I'm interested in seeing.

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