Adam Scott was supposed to have been an old pro at this already. Instead, he will find himself in the final group of a major championship for the first time on Saturday.
Scott followed up his course record-tying 64 on Thursday with a second-round 67 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. His 9-under total puts him one behind leader Brandt Snedeker and in the final game of the third round.
The 33-year-old Australian dropped just one shot on Friday, coming at the third hole, but rallied with four birdies, including three on the back nine. A birdie at the last brought him to within a shot of Snedeker.
"Again, a bit of a slow start but built my momentum from seven onwards and played fairly well from there," Scott said.
Though Scott's ball has landed near a lot of pins in the first two rounds, the Australian has only fired away when he feels comfortable. It has him in position to handle the ratcheted-up stress of the weekend pursuit of his first major title.
"I didn't take on any unnecessary risks and kept the ball in play pretty well," he said, according to Reuters. "It was kind of stress free but certainly felt good out there today and something to build on for the weekend."