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Second-round BMW Golf leader gets into shape just in time

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BMW Championship 36-hole leader Adam Scott couldn’t remember the last time he topped the PGA Tour.

The 42-year-old racked his brains to remember the answer, which is the 2020 Genesis Invitational when he shared the 54-hole lead and went on to win his 14th and most recent Tour title.

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His last 36 holes in advance? At the 2019 Masters. But Scott told the Rocket Mortgage Classic last month, when he was in contention after 36 holes, that he felt like it had been a long time since he had been in the circle of winners.

He reiterated that point on Friday after shooting 2-under 69 at the South Course at Wilmington Country Club to drop to 8-under 142 midway through the penultimate event of the PGA Tour season.

Adam Scott birdies on the sixth hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Wilmington Country Club on Friday August 19, 2022.

“That’s what I’m trying to do is win, but the competition is tough here, and I certainly haven’t had my best in quite a while,” Scott said. “It was definitely a battle. But that’s how this game is.

Scott’s lead swelled to three shots in the second round after he birdied the par-5 12th hole to double digits at -10. Only a double bogey at 17, where he sprayed his tee shot right and said he made a complete mess, spoiled a clean card.

“It’s a good reminder for the weekend that I really have to stay in control and don’t want too many people going off the map and moving here,” he said.

Scott made his way through the 70-man field (which was reduced to 68 after two outs) at the BMW by recording a tie for fifth place at last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship and is trying to keep fighting his way through. a path into the Tour Championship, which is the FedEx Cup final next week for the top 30 in the points standings after this week.

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