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August 10, 2013

Scott keeps rolling as rain lets up at Oak Hill

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — The rain let up at soggy Oak Hill.

Adam Scott kept right on rolling.

The co-leader from the opening round shot a 2-under 68 Friday at the PGA Championship, taking advantage of a course softened up even more by morning showers.

Scott could’ve gone lower if not for a long putter that was a bit shaky. The Aussie missed a couple of attempts inside 10 feet and a few more that were just a little farther away.

Of course, there was a 40-footer that dropped in the cup at the second hole, so Scott couldn’t complain too much.

He headed to the weekend contending again in a major championship at 7-under 133 overall.

“I felt like if I was really hot with the putter, I couldn’t have been a lot better,” Scott said. “But the course was playing really long when it was raining. So 68 is a good score.”

The Masters champion was hardly in the clear.

U.S. Open winner Justin Rose, bouncing back from missing the cut at the British Open, shot 6-under 29 over his final nine holes for a 66 that left him just one stroke behind Scott.

Webb Simpson, a former U.S. Open champ, also made a big charge. He was 7 under through his first 15 holes and flirting with the major championship scoring record before a bogey at the seventh — his 16th hole of the round — stemmed the momentum. He had one more birdie shot at the eighth, but missed a 10-footer.

Simpson finished with a 64, tying the course record but one stroke shy from the lowest round ever in a major.

“I was thinking about it coming down the last few holes,” said Simpson, whose 136 total left him three shots off the lead. “I just kept plodding along. Even though I played well, it felt like a 10-hour round out there.”

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