MELBOURNE (AFP) - Adam Scott blew a big lead at golf's Australian Masters on Friday, after a torrid back nine allowed Peter Wilson to catch him at the top of the leader board.
The Australian world No. 12 extended his one-shot overnight lead to as many as five strokes midway through day two at par-71 Huntingdale in Melbourne.
But a double bogey on the 10th, a bogey on the 13th and another dropped shot on the 18th changed the complexion for Scott, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Masters champion.
He eventually signed for a one-under 70 to be at eight-under 134, level with fellow Australian Wilson, who has shot two successive rounds of 67.
One stroke back in outright third was Matt Guyatt (69), who has twice finished in the top 11 in the past three years of this tournament.
Scott found only one of five fairways with his wayward driver.
"I had a lovely start, playing really solid and then a couple of loose shots on the back nine and I was just grinding to get it into the clubhouse," he said. "That's the way it goes.
"It was a shame because I felt like I didn't do too much too bad but the driver cost me three or four shots.
"I just couldn't get it on the fairway to take advantage of the par fives."
There are 18 players within five shots of Scott and Wilson on a crowded leader board.
Brett Rumford shot the day's low round of 64 to be tied for fourth with American George McNeill.
Among those to miss the halfway cut were Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Australian Presidents Cup team member Steven Bowditch, the second-highest ranked player in the field.