Two caddies better than one, believes Scott

Having won the Arnold Palmer Invitational just a fortnight ago Leishman was a dark horse pick for many this week and he has confirmed that status with his Thursday play.

I did a practice session in Houston on Saturday, got here Saturday evening and played Sunday, handsome conditions and really found the game I was looking for. Like I said, I'm just trying to save my best stuff for here.

"We are in constant touch with the weather forecasters and at the end of the day, of course, the final decision we make will depend on the safety of the Patrons", he said.

But there were precious few other gilt-edged chances throughout a remarkably consistent round that only was stained by a three-putt from long range on the 10th and his issues from the right side of the 18th fairway that cost him an even higher rung on the leaderboard.

"It's up there with Friday of '07, that stands out to me as the hardest day here".

The 20-year-old made the turn a respectable 2-over but fell victim to Amen corner with dropped shots at 11 and 12 then limped home with three straight bogeys.

"But I also feel I am hitting the ball the best I have been this year, so hopefully that works to my advantage, too, and I can hit a lot more greens than I have been, hopefully that will get me in to that spot of contention for the weekend".

"To get two major championships would be an incredible thing", Scott said. "And I'm going to have to kind of have that weekend here, if I really want to win", added Scott.

Young amateur Curtis Luck rallied after an opening six over 78 to post an even par 72 and is tied 45th. "I am pleased to report that a mild winter, coupled with meticulous planning and execution, has resulted in a dense and lush overseed, and the course is looking and playing magnificently".

His only highlight for the day was a birdie at the par-5 13th and while thoughts of victory might be ambitious the West Australian undoubtedly has the game to play his way to the weekend, a worthy feat if he can achieve it.

Unhappy with his first round 3-over 75, Scott was hunting birdies in his second round starting the day with a birdie at the 1.

Though Scott missed the cut by a stroke at the Houston Open last week, he and Williams worked out some of the kinks.

  • Julie Sanders