Scott shares third in Shanghai WGC event

Australian Adam Scott is two shots off the lead after the second round of the WGC HSBC Champions.

02-Nov-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Adam Scott has stayed in contention at the WGC HSBC Champions with a second-round 69, leaving the Australian just two shots off the lead at the halfway point in Shanghai.

Scott, who fired an opening 66, finished the second day tied for third place, two shots behind English leader Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is 11 under par at the prestigious event in China.

American defending champion Xander Schauffele and South Korea's Sung-jae Im are sharing third with Scott on nine under, a shot clear of local hero Li Haotong and Frenchman Victor Perez.

World No.2 Rory McIlroy closed with an eagle to finish the second round one shot behind Fitzpatrick.

McIlroy produced the shot of the day at the 538-yard par-five 18th, rolling his second shot to within three feet of the hole before sinking his putt for a second successive five-under round of 67.

The Northern Irishman strung together four straight birdies from the third hole and sank another at the 13th, but bogeys at the ninth and 16th left him one stroke adrift of Fitzpatrick.

England's Fitzpatrick followed up his opening-round 66 with a bogey-free five-under 67, sinking birdies at the third, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th to stay ahead of the field.

China's overnight leader Haotong Li, who carded a 64 on the first day, finished his second round on level par and dropped to sixth place alongside France's Victor Perez.

England's Paul Waring swept up the leaderboard, climbing 46 places for a share of ninth place with Austria's Matthias Schwab after a seven-under par 65, which included five birdies and an eagle at the 18th.

American pair Bubba Watson and Kevin Kisner are tied for 11th, one shot further back after rounds of 69 and 67 respectively, while Justin Rose sits among them after a two-under round of 70.


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