No. 1 Scott seeks wet weekend for Open fightback
Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 114th US Open on June 13, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina - by Andrew Redington
The 2013 Masters champion from Australia fired a three-under-par 67 on Friday to stand on level par 140 after 36 holes at Pinehurst.
"Hit some good shots and made some putts and it still felt like hard work, but I'm very happy with the score," he said.
But after Germany's Kaymer opened with back-to-back 65s to match the best 36-hole start in major golf history and set a new standard for the first two rounds of a US Open, Scott was searching for some weekend rain to ease scoring conditions on the typically treacherous Pinehurst tract.
And there is a slight chance for afternoon storms each day in the weather forecast.
"Maybe it getting even softer is the best chance, because if guys start making birdies, maybe he'll feel a little more pressure to make some," Scott said.
Scott, whose best finish in 12 US Open starts was a share of 15th two years ago, needed birdies at the third and fifth holes, his 12th and 14th holes of the day, to fight his way back to par and put himself within reach of a weekend fightback.
"You just have to keep the big picture in mind and think there's 36 holes to go and don't play like you're leading almost. That doesn't mean play aggressively or do anything stupid," Scott said.
"Over the next 27 holes you would like to narrow the gap to less than half of what it is. Anything could happen over nine holes at a US Open, so if I played great and he continues to play great, I think I can narrow that gap and hopefully feel like I'm in contention come the back nine Sunday."
Scott said he is not feeling burdened by pressure in his first major since overtaking injured Tiger Woods for the world number one ranking last month. He went on to win his first event as the top man the next week at Colonial.
"Last year, I felt the weight of the world off my shoulders. I had just won my first major, so I thought everything was bonus from there," Scott said.
"Certainly there's a little bit of expectation on myself and maybe from everyone else as being the number one player at the moment, to perform like that. That's something I've tried to adjust to the last few weeks since being number one."
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