Australian Masters: Adam Scott and Nathan Holman tied at top of leaderboard
Last Updated: 16/11/13 10:54am
Adam Scott: Australian acknowledges the crowd during his second-round 66
Defending champion Adam Scott claimed a share of the lead with a second-round 66 at the Australian Masters.
Scott, looking to make it back-to-back wins after triumphing at last week's Australian PGA, birdied two of his last three holes in a five-under effort.
That took him to nine-under-par for the tournament, tied with fellow Australian Nathan Holman, who signed for a 65 at Royal Melbourne on Friday.
"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."
Second round leaderboard
(Aus unless stated)
-9 A Scott
-9 N Holman
-8 M Griffin
-8 N Cullen
-5 M Kuchar (US)
-4 J Norris
-4 B Ninyette
-4 B de Jonge (Zim)
The leading duo are one clear of Australians Matthew Griffin (65) and first-round leader Nick Cullen (69).
American Matt Kuchar (66) is four strokes off the pace in fifth place, while Fijian veteran Vijay Singh is seven strokes back after a 68.
Lyle makes cut
Leukaemia survivor Jarrod Lyle shot a level-par round of 71 to make the cut in his first tournament in 20 months.
The 32-year-old Lyle - who is one over for the tournament, 10 behind Scott and Holman - 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.
"I've done it; I've come here and achieved the biggest goal I've set myself for the week and that was to play four rounds of golf. I couldn't be happier than what I am."
Lyle, then a regular on the PGA Tour in the United States, was diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in March 2012 just before the birth of daughter Lusi.
His wife Briony became pregnant despite medical advice that Lyle's first bout of cancer, when he was 17, and the resulting chemotherapy would leave him sterile.
Scott said of Lyle: "It's phenomenal, he's a beauty. I'm so happy for him. To see him finish one over, it's great. We love having him back."