Former world No.1 Scott surprised the group with a 200 metre second shot he fired into the par-5 17th (his eighth) for a tap-in eagle, which highlighted a 66 that gave him an eight-under whole and a share of ninth.
The event’s remaining 36 holes will likely be performed on the South course, which was ranked the eighth-hardest on the PGA Tour final 12 months and hosted the 2008 US Open.
Winds of as much as 25km/h predicted for day three will not make the duty any simpler.
“Winds are good for the fellows trailing as a result of it offers you an opportunity to have a very good spherical and make up some floor,” Scott mentioned.
“In fact the leaders really feel somewhat bit extra stress, too. It’s totally simple to make errors on that South course.”
Rose is seeking to proceed his purple patch which features a win, two runner- ups and three different top-five ends in his previous 9 begins worldwide.
However 13-time PGA Tour winner Scott is assured of creating up floor on Rose, having confirmed flashes of his ball-striking brilliance on Friday.
Mixed with a scorching putter, Scott hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation and located 11 of 14 fairways.
“Some good ball-striking over the weekend will go a good distance as a result of it is laborious to get it going for 18 holes on the market; it is simply so tough.,” Scott mentioned.
Scott is the main Australian, two pictures forward of defending champion Jason Day (71) at six-under.
In the meantime, Tiger Woods conceded it will take a miracle to claw his manner again into rivalry following a 70 which left him at four-under and 11 pictures adrift of Rose.
“I’ll need to play a really particular weekend to have an opportunity,” he mentioned.
“I am fairly far again and the South course, it is powerful.”
Cameron Smith (69) is subsequent better of the Australians at four-under, whereas John Senden (73), Marc Leishman (73), Matt Jones (74) and Cameron Davis (69) all sit at three-under.
Queensland veteran Rod Pampling (seven over) missed the minimize.