Adam Scott has played better than anyone else in his last two rounds. Now if he can just work on his timing.
Four days after closing with a 67 for his best finish in a major, Scott made nine birdies over his last 12 holes yesterday for a 7-under-par 63, giving him a two-shot lead over Jason Gore and leaving him four shots clear of Tiger Woods in the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Scott made his charge too late Sunday at Medinah to have any shot at catching Woods in the PGA Championship, where he tied for third.
But the 26-year-old Australian started strong at Firestone South by keeping his tee shots in the short grass, which enabled him to fire at the flags.
``That was my hope coming into this week, to keep playing like I did last week," Scott said. ``I just tried to keep working on the same stuff and got it going a little today."
Gore settled in quickly with a birdie-eagle-birdie start. The highlight was a 4-wood that he aimed toward the center of the green on the par-5 second. He pulled it slightly left, and it wound up 2 feet from the hole.
Woods didn't look nearly as sharp as he was four days ago at Medinah, where he captured his 12th career major with a five-shot victory. He traded birdies and bogeys until finishing strong with wedges into 8 feet at No. 16 and 12 feet on No. 18 for a 67.
Lucas Glover checked in with a 66. Joining Woods in the large group at 67 were Luke Donald, Davis Love, former US Open champion Michael Campbell, David Toms, and David Howell.
Everyone was chasing Scott, who bogeyed No. 10 to start his round. Everything changed on the par-5 16th when he hit lob wedge into 5 feet, kicking off a string of birdies.
PGA -- Will MacKenzie tied a Tour record with three eagles in one round, including a 52-foot putt, and shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Bob Estes in the opening round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
MacKenzie had all three of his eagles on par 5s, including one on which he closed his round by hitting a 293-yard approach shot 8 feet from the hole. His other eagle came on a 15-foot putt.
Champions -- At Aloha, Ore., defending champion Loren Roberts (5-under 67) shared a one-stroke lead with Bobby Wadkins and Wayne Levi after the first round of The Tradition, the tour's final major of the season.
Tom Kite and Keith Fergus were a stroke back after 68s. Mark McCumber, Lonnie Nielsen, and Curtis Strange each were at 3 under.
LPGA -- Stacy Prammanasudh took advantage of ideal scoring conditions in Dublin, Ohio, to shoot a 6-under 66 and grab a share of the lead with Jee Young Lee, Kristal Parker-Manzo, and Katie Futcher in the opening round of the Wendy's Championship for Children.
The logjam one shot behind included the top two names on the money list, Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa. Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lincicome, Kris Tschetter, Tina Barrett, Mikaela Parmlid, and Soo-Yun Kang joined them at 67.
US Amateur -- Oliver Fischer, a 17-year-old from England, defeated Jim Renner of Plainville, 1 up, to advance to the third round at a wet and windy Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
Play was suspended for nearly 4 1/2 hours because of rain, delaying third-round matches until this morning with quarterfinals to follow.
NEPGA Championship -- Frank Dully Jr. (Kernwood CC) posted the largest margin of victory in tournament history, finishing with a 6-under 66 (11-under 205) to rout the field by 12 shots.
N.E. Pro Golf Tour -- Geoff Sisk of Marshfield earned his fourth tour victory of the season, shooting a 2-under 70 to finish the Atkinson (N.H.) Open at 12 under.
Mass. Father-Son -- The Vesper CC tandem of David and Ryan Friel shot a 5-under 65 to take the title at Dedham Country & Polo Club.