MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Adam Scott grabbed a share of the second-round lead at the Australian Masters, with birdies on his first three holes Friday and two of his final four giving him a 5-under 66 at Royal Melbourne.
Scott, who won the Masters this year and last week's Australian PGA, had a two-round total of 9-under 133, tied with fellow Australian Nathan Holman, who shot a 65 on Friday.
They had a one-stroke lead over Australians Matthew Griffin (65) and first-round leader Nick Cullen (69). American Matt Kuchar (66) was four strokes behind and in fifth place, while Vijay Singh was seven strokes back after a 68.
"It was a great start but unfortunately I couldn't keep it going," Scott said. "I'm in good shape for the weekend, but this course can jump up and get you."
Leukemia survivor Jarrod Lyle shot an even-par 71 to make the 36-hole cut in his first tournament in 20 months. He was 1-over, 10 strokes behind Scott and Holman.
The 32-year-old Lyle said his legs felt heavy but he would draw on his "fighting instinct" to finish the weekend.
"If I have to crawl those last 18 holes, I'm crawling them," Lyle said. "Nothing's going to stop me from finishing."
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