Scott Sets His Sights On A First Aussie HSBC Success In Shanghai.

Adam Scott has brilliantly put himself in position to create WGC- HSBC Champions history and become the first Australian to capture the prestigious title.

Scott grabbed four birdies in a second round three-under par 69 to move into a three-way share of third place and just two shots behind England’s Matt Fitzpatrick who leads the $10.25m event at 11-under par.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy eagled his closing hole in a score of a second straight 67 to move onimously into second place at 10-under.

The inaugural then HSBC Champions event was staged in 2005 and in the years since there has not been an Australian-born winner.

However, there would not be happier than Scott to correct that in beoming the first ‘down under’ champion in the Chinese financial capital.

“My play these two rounds has generally been pretty good,” he said.

“It’s kind of course that penalises your poor shots, so when you hit one, it might feel worse than it really is, but I managed to scramble pretty well. And you know, if I can just keep the number of fairways hit up, I think I’m in good shape for the weekend.

“I’ve hit a lot of fairways. My short game has shown up when I needed. I wished I could — I had a few more opportunities out there today. I wish I could have rolled them in. Hopefully I get the speed down on the weekend and start seeing them drop.”

The current World No. 16 and highest-ranked Australian teed-up in China after sharing 33rd place in last week’s ZoZo Championship in Japan, and where he capped his weeks with second and third rounds of 67 and 66.

“Yeah, I felt good with the game last week. Just felt like I was a bit under done, really. I worked a little bit on my setup and it’s hard to take straightaway in a tournament situation. I think the rounds last week help get me prepared for this week,” said Scott.

And while Scott is focussed on adding his name to the gleaming HSBC Champions he spoke of his delight following the China event of heading home to Australia for two very important appointments.

“I’m playing the Australian Open the week before the Presidents Cup and then I’ll have a nice little break coming up where I can get ready for three big weeks in Australia at the end of the year,” he said.


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