Adam Scott attracts sentimental crowd

Adam Scott watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship at...

Adam Scott watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., Aug. 10, 2012. (CHRIS KEANE/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Adam Scott isn't exactly excited to be at the centre of a pity-party but he is noticing that he's attracting larger galleries and a bit noisier backing since he blew the British Open to Ernie Els.

"I may have won a few more fans," Scott said Friday. "Unfortunately, it was from not winning the tournament, but maybe I can change that here over the weekend."

Scott is right back in the hunt after 36 holes at the PGA Championship, one of only a dozen players in red figures and still very much in touch with the leaders. In Friday's tough conditions, he was three-over-par but considering he had the tough side of the draw, he's in good shape.

"Consider 75 kind of a par round of golf out there today," Scott said. "It's really very tough."

Rather than be embarrassed by his four-bogey finish at Royal Lytham, he's looking at the overall effect of how he played the Open Championship

"For the first time in my career, I really led the tournament from start to (almost) finish, and that's a real positive for me," Scott said. "I think I'm on the right track, and I can take all that good stuff that I did leading into Lytham away with me. And now coming into the PGA, I get a chance a few weeks later to get right back in there, and there's nothing more that I'd like than a chance to win this week."

Even though he has not watched any of the replays, "it must have looked horrible from some of the reactions I've had from people over the last couple weeks.

"I think everybody felt for me more than I felt for myself."

FOOD FOR RYDER THOUGHT

Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler gave Davis Love food for thought Friday, but it may leave a sour taste in the American Ryder Cup captain's mouth.

Both Mahan and Fowler are out of the top eight automatic selections for the Cup matches scheduled in September and neither will be earning any points this weekend in the final qualifying event, the PGA Championship.

Mahan is currently ninth on the list and Fowler is 12th. Love has four captain's picks to make and he'll reserve judgment on that until the first week of September.

Mahan was 72-80 at The Ocean Course, while Fowler was two shots worse, both missing the cut. Of the two, Mahan, with two wins this year, is a more likely pick.

"This isn't a one-tournament pick," Mahan said. "Luckily, I've been on the last five teams (including Presidents Cup teams in 2007, '09 and '11) and had some good success there. Unfortunately throughout eight months of golf, you're not going to play well every week. You're not going to play well when you want to."

Fowler will have to prove himself over the next three weeks of FedEx Cup playoffs, before Love makes his four captain's picks. He's already had some advice for Fowler.

" 'Try not to worry about making the team or putting any extra pressure on yourself to play well," Fowler said, recalling Love's counsel. " 'Just go out there.' Obviously that's what I was trying to do. Obviously everyone's goal is to make the team that has a chance. Yeah, go out there and get some practice next week and a couple tournaments to prove myself."


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