Royal Lytham St. Annes, England (Sports Network) - First-round leader Adam Scott posted a 3-under 67 on Friday to cut Brandt Snedeker's lead to one stroke during the second round of The Open Championship.
After Snedeker matched the tournament's 36-hole record at 10-under 130, Scott birdied the 18th at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his 67. Scott finished at minus-9 and the two have put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field.
Matt Kuchar also had a 67 Friday and is tied for third place with 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who managed a 1-over 71 in round two. That pair is in at 4-under 136.
Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Jason Dufner and Thomas Aiken are 4-under with chunks of their rounds to go.
Scott stumbled early with a bogey at the third, a hole he also bogeyed in the first round. He got a stroke back before the turn with a birdie at the par-5 seventh.
At the 10th, Scott hit a terrible wedge 35 feet short of the flagstick, but he poured in the long birdie putt to reach 7-under par. He made it two in a row with a short one at the 11th.
Scott landed in a bunker at the 12th and blasted out to 12 feet. He holed the huge par to keep the momentum going.
After five more pars, Scott was in the fairway at 18. He knocked his second four feet past the hole and converted the birdie putt to get within one of the lead.
"Perfect yardage," Scott said of his 9-iron approach.
"I got a little nervous after 11," Scott admitted on TV. "I started moving up the leaderboard a little bit. The board was separating, but I managed to calm myself down to play the last few holes."
Barring a miracle, it will be Scott and Snedeker in the final pairing Saturday. Neither has won a major championship, but Snedeker, despite Scott's more accomplished career, has more experience in this position.
Snedeker played in the final pairing on both Saturday and Sunday of the 2008 Masters. He was one back of Trevor Immelman heading into the final round, but shot a 77 and tied for third.
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