Adam Scott has not given up hope of hosting another champions dinner at Augusta National, determined to make a run at the leaders from eight shots back.
Scott ground out an even-par 72 in round two at the Masters, a more than decent effort considering 71 was the best of the day and he teed off in the final group when the severe winds gusts were at their worst.
All up 41 players stand between Scott and the top of the leaderboard – including the top three in the world in Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – but he refuses to say die.
With wind gusts around 20-25mph once again expected in the afternoon on Saturday, and with Scott going out at 10:50am local time, he may be able to post an early number.
“I’ve got nothing to lose this weekend,” the 2013 champion said.
“I think anything in the 60s tomorrow would put me in good shape. I think that it’s shaping up like maybe five under is going to be around the mark Sunday.
“We have seen how tough it’s playing. It’s going to be tough for the leaders. This is the weekend at the Masters, that’s a lot of pressure to deal with and already the course is playing tough and everyone mostly came backwards today.
“So, if I can close the gap by four shots tomorrow, if I’m teeing off four behind on Sunday, I might have a chance.”
Scott admitted his swing, particularly his iron play, remained well short of his usual standards, hitting just 21 of 36 greens so far.
“If I can find it with the swing a bit I think I’ve got a bit of momentum happening on the course. That’s what I’ve lacked for two days,” he said referring to his two-under last nine Friday.
“I’m going to have to have a good warm up tomorrow morning before my round and really feel good and completely in control if I am to be a chance to win.
“Anything can happen on the back nine Sunday. You just have to be there with a chance.”