Scott giving himself another chance

Two solid rounds at St Andrews have given Adam Scott a great chance of erasing his Open heartache from 2012.

The Australian admits he is still bothered by his collapse at Lytham three years ago, when he surrendered a four-shot lead in the final round by bogeying the last four holes, allowing Ernie Els to claim the trophy.

But a five-under-par 67 on Friday, following an opening 70 the day before, leaves Scott on seven under par and within touching distance of Dustin Johnson’s lead.

“I’m very motivated. I definitely let that one slip and I would love to be sitting here having won the Open,” said Scott.

“I’ve had a couple of good looks at it since then. I played really well last year and was just too far behind, and then at Muirfield I was leading on the back nine and (Phil) Mickelson finished great and I didn’t.

“I think I’m playing with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder.

“I tried to brush it off and I did see all the positives. I played so well and really it was the first time I’d ever kind of controlled the outcome of a major championship.

“But that really did hurt. I just wanted another crack at it.

“I probably carried that chip into the Masters and maybe it got a little bit smaller, but still I feel like I’ve been really close to lifting this trophy and I’m very motivated to do it this weekend now that I’m in this position. I’d be very disappointed if I never did it in my career when I have got so close.

“Getting into contention at this championship and having a chance to lift the Claret Jug is what it’s all about. This is a great position. I’m excited for my weekend.”

Scott has former caddie Steve Williams back alongside him after he managed to lure the New Zealander out of retirement.

Williams was with Scott when he won the Masters and he clearly seems to enjoy having the bagman, who worked alongside Tiger Woods for many years, back alongside him.

“It was the right call for me to make at this point in the year to get him back out and instil a bit of confidence in my game and get back in that flow,” Scott added.

“He’s a huge factor in the way I’ve played the last few years. I have to absolutely give him a lot of credit for that.”