Adam Scott is still hopeful of getting his hands on the Claret Jug despite the windy conditions leaving him well off the pace after the second round of the British Open.
The Gold Coast golfer is the best placed Australia at Royal Birkdale but still sits a mammoth nine shots off leader Jordan Spieth.
The brutal winds wreaked havoc across the entire field and saw Scott finished with a four-over-par 74, leaving him three over for the tournament.
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He sits one ahead of Australia rookie Andrew Dodt (75) and two clear of fellow Queensland Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Aaron Baddeley, who all posted 76s to just make the cut on the number.
Despite sitting well off the pace, Scott is remaining optimistic.
“It was just difficult. I don’t know how else to assess it,” he said.
“Tough winds for this golf course, too. I know it’s allowed to blow a lot around here but, out of the southeast, it made some angles pretty tough, fairways tough to hit.
“It was really challenging out there … did well to only lose a few shots out there rather than completely capitulate.”
Scott is still hopeful he can win the tournament.
“Get a little lucky and tomorrow morning in nice conditions, I can try to put 18 good holes together and I’ll be right back in it, for sure,” he said.
“After the turn and the wind was picking up, I knew it was a matter of survival and I survived.”