With the DP World Tour’s 2023 season getting underway with two events in Australia in the past two weeks, it was to be expected to see many Aussies playing in their home country.
After the second round at the 2022 ISPS Handa Australian Open, It’s looking as if a native could capture the trophy for the second straight week.
Last week, it was World No. 3 Cameron Smith coming away with the title. Now, Adam Scott is looking for a win Down Under. Scott fired a 7-under 63 at Victoria Golf Club on Friday in Melbourne, capped with an eagle on the closing par-5 18th to move into a share of the lead following the second round.
“It was a good day,” the 42-year-old Scott said. “There’s a lot of trouble out here, and I was aware of it every hole. I managed to stay out of it most of today. Turned things around and in a good spot going into the weekend.”
Scott’s round consisted of five birdies and the eagle. On Thursday, he shot 1 under at Kingston Heath Golf Club, a round that included seven birdies but also four bogeys and a double.
He shares the lead with David Micheluzzi, who matched Scott’s 71 with one of his own on Friday at Kingston Heath. The duo has a three-shot lead over a trio of players tied for third.
Smith shot his second straight round of 1 over on Friday, but he made the cut on the number.