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Adam Scott rallies to stay in contention at Masters

Adam Scott takes a shot on the 17th

Adam Scott takes a shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / David Cannon

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Adam Scott had the sort of Friday afternoon that people might be remembering on Sunday afternoon. The defending champion had fallen off the leader board with a poor front nine, then played the back in 3 under for a 72. "It kept me in the tournament," he said.

Scott finished at 3 under, just the way he started the day. Although he is four strokes behind Bubba Watson, he could have been in much worse shape. Scott bogeyed the first, fourth and fifth holes and appeared to be fading. Worse yet for Scott, the wind and green speeds both were increasing.

"But I hit two really quality shots on the ninth that felt like the best swings I had made to that point. I wanted to keep that feeling going for the back nine," he said. "It doesn't mean, just because you did it last year you're going to do it again, but there's always opportunities to hit good shots on the back nine."

Scott has shot 69-72, the same two scores of his first two rounds in 2013.


Numbers game

The longest drive of the tournament so far was 371 yards -- by Mike Weir, who is widely known for being a short hitter . . . Marc Leishman was the first player this week to reach 5 under par when he birdied the first three holes. But by the end of the day, he had shot 79 and was 5 over, missing the cut.


Crenshaw sees end

Ben Crenshaw thinks next year will be his final Masters. The two-time champion, 62, said after an 85 that followed Thursday's 83: "I've been thinking about it a long time. I'm very resigned to it. I know I can play better than this, but my scores are a train wreck."

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