SINGAPORE – Two-time winner Adam Scott shot a second straight 65 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Ian Poulter of England after the second round at the Singapore Open.
Scott was at 12-under 130 after opening with consecutive 6-under rounds on both the Serapong and Tanjong courses at the Sentosa Golf Club, where the Australian won titles in 2005 and 2006.
Poulter shot 63 after an opening 69. and three golfers were three shots back in a tie for third, including U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who birdied his first four holes and finished with a 68.
Masters champion Phil Mickelsen was six shots off the pace after a 69.
Most of the field of 204 was able to complete their second rounds Friday after a four-hour thunderstorm delay Thursday, although 28 golfers will complete their second rounds Saturday morning before the cut is made.
McDowell, of Northern Ireland, tied with Fred Andersson Hed of Sweden and Kang Kyung-nam of South Korea.
Scott had five birdies and an eagle over a six-hole stretch to make the turn at 29. He returned Friday morning to complete the first round and played 30 holes on the day.
“Everytime you have won somewhere you always enjoy going back and you have good feelings,” Scott said. “I have had a great run in Singapore in the past and it would be nice to have another great run over the weekend and get win No. 3.”
Poulter had six birdies over his last nine holes, including a monster putt on the last.
“It was the very, very left edge of the back of the green and I reckon it is a good 100 feet, if not a touch more,” Poulter said. “I certainly can’t remember holing anything of that length in the past.”