Originally created 08/25/06

Scott picks up where he left off



AKRON, Ohio - Adam Scott has played better than anyone else in his past two rounds.

Now if he can just work on his timing.

Four days after closing with 67 for his best finish in a major, Scott made nine birdies over his last 12 holes Thursday for 7-under-par 63, giving him a two-shot lead over Jason Gore and leaving him four shots clear of Tiger Woods in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor is eight shots off the lead after 71.

Scott made his charge too late Sunday at Medinah to have any shot in the PGA Championship, where he tied for third.

The 26-year-old Australian continued his strong play at Firestone South.

"That was my hope coming into this week, to keep playing like I did last week," Scott said. "I just tried to keep working on the same stuff and got it going a little today. I hit a lot of good iron shots and really took the pressure off my putting by hitting them so close."

Gore, who got into this World Golf Championship by winning the 84 Lumber Classic last year, played with an old friend from his junior golf days in California - Woods - and settled in quickly with a birdie-eagle-birdie start.

It was the first time Gore has played with Woods on the PGA Tour.

"It's the first time I've played with him since he's been Tiger," Gore said. "Last time I played with him, he was still Eldrick."

Woods didn't look nearly as sharp as he was four days ago at Medinah, where he captured his 12th career major with a five-shot victory, but still shot 67.

Former Clemson golfer Lucas Glover checked in with 66, freed from the pressure of his bid to make the Ryder Cup team. He was devastated when he wasn't a captain's pick Monday, blaming himself for his poor play this summer.

This World Golf Championships event is for Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players, along with the top 50 in the world and select winners of tournaments around the world. So it was tough on Glover not be part of the Ryder Cup conversation.

"It felt horrible," Glover said of not being picked by captain Tom Lehman. "But I didn't deserve it."