Scott sets the pace

16 February 2019 03:13:29 EST

Adam Scott knows all about weather-affected editions of the Genesis Open - he won the tournament in 2005 over just 36 holes - and he leads again this year despite significant rain delays.

The Australian ended Friday's play on top of the leaderboard alongside Justin Thomas on 10-under-par having played 11 holes of his second round at Riviera Country Club while the American has managed to complete 12.

Both players converted laps of 66 earlier in the day before heading straight back out on to the course. The secret to Scott's success? Socks.

"You always feel better with fresh feet," the 38-year-old explained after he had played those 11 second round holes in five-under, including six birdies and one bogey. "It's a good veteran move and it helped me carry momentum from the morning.

"I just like the greens here. Like I think I'm a good putter from above the hole and a poor putter from under the hole. I seem to hit it just above the hole and I drip them in nicely."

If Scott's performance has so far been stealthy, Thomas has been riding a golfing rollercoaster. He has made just three pars so far in his second round and at one stage went eight holes without even one, mixing six birdies and two bogeys.

"I'm striking it well," he said. "When I hit it in the rough or I hit trouble, I'm just kind of getting around the green or getting it on the green. Then I putted really well today which is nice."

His playing partner Tiger Woods, who is one-under-par through 30 holes, was impressed by his Ryder Cup team-mate's work on the greens. "It was just amazing how well and how good JT putted today," he said. "He made everything. He made tough conditions look easy."

Thomas is 20/1 to win the tournament outright, Scott is 1000/1 and Woods 4000/1.

JB Holmes (1/200) is one shot behind the leaders on nine-under through nine holes of his second round, while Jordan Spieth, who will play 54 holes over the weekend having not yet started his second circuit, is on seven-under and is 1000/1.

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