Adam Scott drives on the 18th tee during the second round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles. Picture: Reed Saxon/AP
Adam Scott drives on the 18th tee during the second round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles. Picture: Reed Saxon/AP

Scott shares lead at rain-soaked Genesis Open

ADAM Scott held up a pair of socks in the locker-room after firing his way into a share of the Genesis Open lead during a rain-soaked and incomplete second round at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles.

"See this? This is a veteran move," Scott said in reference to bringing an extra pair of socks on Friday (local time).

With Los Angeles lashed by torrential rain, Scott was unable to tee off at all on Thursday and instead had to play 29 holes on Friday.

The former world No.1 opened with a five-under-par 66 but had only 30 minutes before having to tee off on the 10th hole for his second loop.

In that half-hour, Scott quickly changed into a fresh pair of socks - one of the veteran moves he said had helped maintain his momentum.

It worked as Scott, the 2005 winner at Riviera, birdied the 10th hole, then picked up another three to race up the leaderboard.

A three-putt bogey at the par-five 17th was amended by birdies at the par-five first and the difficult second, before PGA Tour officials ended play due to darkness.

At 10 under par, Scott shares the lead alongside Justin Thomas (12 holes), with American JB Holmes sitting in third a shot back.

"Simple things like changing your socks - it's just nice to feel dry in your feet when you have another long walk ahead of you," Scott said.

"At some point, experience can play into your favour."

However, Scott said this week did not compare to his victory at Riviera, 14 years ago, when extreme rain forced the event to be shortened to 54 holes.

"This is way better. It (2005) was a joke," Scott said.

"I must have spent 20 hours in the locker-room that week. We just sat here, every day."

Aaron Baddeley was next best of the Australians at three under, with Marc Leishman a shot further back.

Leishman was among Thursday's scheduled morning wave who completed their first round early on Friday, but didn't return to the course. They will begin their second round on Saturday morning (local time).

Australia's John Senden sits on even par, one shot ahead of countrymen Cameron Smith and Cameron Davis.

Rod Pampling (two over) and Curtis Luck (four over) round out the Australian contingent.

Event host Tiger Woods posted a 70 but struggled during the 12 holes he played of the second round and remained at one under.


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