Australia's James Nitties plays his second shot at the ninth hole during round two of the Australian Open.
Australia's James Nitties plays his second shot at the ninth hole during round two of the Australian Open. DAVID MOIR

Big names move into contention at Australian Open

GOLF: Adam Scott has stormed up the leaderboard at the Australian Open, but the Queenslander is still not happy with his performance.

The 36-year-old produced a seven-under-par 65 on the second day of the tournament at Royal Sydney.

Starting off the 10th tee, the world No.7 picked up six shots on his last nine holes, with an eagle and four birdies, to move back into contention for his second Stonehaven Cup.

"I made a few putts, which was nice. I'm not even going to say I've got a sour taste in my mouth after 65. I'm very happy with 65, but I can always do better,” he said.

"I hit a lot of good shots. I played a solid last nine holes. Unfortunately, it took me 27 to get that kind of good golf out of me, so hopefully there's 36 good holes coming up.”

After a disappointing opening-round 73, Scott was tied for fourth on six-under with overnight leaders Lucas Herbert and Curtis Luck, as well as Rod Pampling and Todd Sinnott, three shots off the new leader, James Nitties (nine-under).

Kiwi Ryan Fox is a shot behind Nitties, with Australian Rhein Gibson a further shot back in third.

American world No.5 Jordan Spieth shot a second-round 70 to move to five-under. He was tied with Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, who shot a second-round 66.

Two-time Australian Open winner Aaron Baddeley was also on the move, carding a six-under-par 66 to move to four-under for the tournament.

Despite his 65, Scott said it could have been better.

"I feel like I wasted three or four short ones over two days,” he said.

"That's annoying because they count just the same as all the good shots, so it is a little frustrating but I'm trying not to let it bother me too much.”

LEADERBOARD

1 James Nitties (AUS) 135

2 Ryan Fox (NZL) 136

3 Rhein Gibson (AUS) 137

T4 Lucas Herbert (AUS) 138

T4 Curtis Luck (AUS) 138

T4 Rod Pampling (AUS) 138

T4 Adam Scott (AUS) 138

T4 Todd Sinnott (AUS) 138



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