Scott and Spieth with work to do at Australian Open

World number one Jordan Spieth and Gold Coaster Adam Scott both have work to do to in the second round of the Australian Open in Sydney.

The two biggest names in the field only managed even-par round of 71 on day one on Thursday, leaving them five shots from leader Lincoln Tighe.

Scott’s progress was dramatic as the 2009 champion fought back after two front-nine double-bogeys with four birdies coming home.


“Even though I made some mistakes, I can come out and have a good front nine tomorrow and I will be right on the front foot again,” he said.

Scott’s recovery began with a remarkable showing of damage limitation on the ninth hole, chipping in after hitting rough, sand and water.

He then began clawing the shots back, with the pick a 20-metre putt at the par-4 13th.

Matt Jones will start the day a shot behind Tighe in second place after a four-under-par 67 on his home course, while former champion Geoff Ogilvy shares third after recovering from a mid-round wobble to sit alongside 17-year-old amateur Chun-An Yu.