ADAM Scott drove himself into the box seat to successfully defend his PGA Championship title at Royal Pines with an ominous second-round 69 to trail surprise co-leaders Wade Ormsby and late-finisher Scott Strange by two shots.
Ormsby forged his way to the top of the leaderboard with a second-round 67, before Strange reeled off four late birdies to join him at nine-under.
Scott, who will become a first-time father early in the new year, is desperate to end 2014 with a victory after disappointing performances in both the Australian Masters and Australian Open.
There was some confusion when Scott's round was posted at 68, but officials confirmed he bogeyed the 15th hole, the only blemish on his card.
Ormsby started his round with a careless bogey at the 10th hole, but chipped in for an eagle two holes later.
"I made four (birdies) in a row after that (14 through 17), which got my round going," said the 34-year-old South Australia who is good mates with Scott, their fathers having played on the PGA Tour together many years ago.
First-round leader, American Boo Weekley, is still in contention after shooting an even-round of 72 yesterday.
Scott (pictured) sounded a weekend warning after his 69, declaring he felt in a "good spot".
He won last year with 14-under, but said he felt some good ball striking over the weekend could see him go lower.
"With some good golf I think we'll be sneaking up to 20-under," he said.