Scott fails to shift on Open's moving day

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Adam Scott's hopes of a Greg Norman-style weekend charge at Royal St George's have failed to materialise as the Australian challenge at the 149th British Open continued to disappoint.

The day after his 41st birthday, Scott had hoped to take advantage of further sunny and fairly benign conditions at the Kent links course as he began Saturday's 'moving day' at one-under par, 10 off the record-breaking pace being set by South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Scott had set himself the weekend target of two more rounds of 66 - the same as he'd recorded on his birthday - to drag himself into contention, saying he was out to produce the sort of round Norman did here in 1993 when he was the last Australian to win the Claret Jug.

But even if the winds were not quite as becalmed as Friday afternoon's near-perfect conditions, Scott failed to cash in on the opportunities he carved out and also suffered a putting calamity at the fourth hole to reach the turn an underwhelming one-over 36.

It left him at even par for the Championships, with his assertion that he'd need a "miracle" to contend looking more accurate by the hole.

Scott's fine iron play earned him birdie shouts at each of the first three holes but his missed putts were followed by his woes at the par-four fourth, where he hit one long uphill putt so weakly that he rolled all the way back to his feet.

Partnered by his fellow former world No.1 Justin Thomas, who also looked a bit flat as he went out in 36, Scott did recover to birdie the next hole but time was running out for the Adelaide-born Queenslander to make any real impact.

He was the only Australian to make the cut along with Cameron Smith, who was due to tee off among the last 10 groups alongside Canadian Corey Connors, starting at four-under par.

There were big opportunities for a bolter out on the course with Rory McIlroy showing the way with five birdies in the opening nine holes on Saturday to roar to four-under - but the roars subsided when the crowd favourite had three bogeys on the way home.

The day's biggest early mover was Scotland's rising star Robert McIntyre, who shot a five-under 65 to move to four-under.

Bryson DeChambeau, who was first out, continued his disappointing, controversy-filled championships with a 72, including a double-bogey on the ninth, which left him at three-over for the Championship.

DeChambeau, who'd only just made the halfway cut on one over, had admitted he felt "really bad" about his outburst on day one which led to a war of words with his club manufacturer after he said his Cobra driver "sucks".

It left a company spokesman calling his comments "stupid" as he compared the American to "an eight-year-old that gets mad at you", leading to an apology from the former US Open champion.

Oosthuizen's record halfway total of 129 gives him a two-shot lead over 2020 US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, with 2017 Open winner Jordan Spieth a shot further back and other luminaries like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm well-positioned to charge.

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