Australian Masters Golf: Favorites to Win After Two Rounds

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Adam Scott of Australia hits a tee  shot during round two of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Adam Scott is tied for the lead after two rounds at the Australian Masters and is poised to take home yet another trophy.

In what has been a pretty competitive two rounds, there are six golfers within five shots of the leaders. Scott hasn't wrapped things up just yet, and the next two rounds should be fantastic. 

Below are the Top 10, followed by an analysis of the favorites to win after two rounds.

Australian Masters Open Top 10
PositionNameTo ParThruToday
T1.Adam Scott-91866
T1.Nathan Holman-91865
T3.Matthew Griffin-81865
T3.Nick Cullen-81869
5Matt Kuchar-51866
T6.Jason Norris-41869
T6.Brody Ninyette-41870
T6.Brendon de Jonge-41870
T9.Maximilian Kieffer-31872
T9.Peter O'Malley-31871
http://www.pga.org.au/scores

 

Adam Scott

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Adam Scott of Australia lines up a putt during round two of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
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This is Adam Scott's tournament to lose. After shooting a first round 68, he followed that up with a 65 in the second round. 

Scott was happy with his performance once he figured out the course:

If he wins, it would be his second victory at this event, according to Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel:

Scott is having a fantastic year. He won the Masters in April, and followed that up with a victory at the Barclays. The Australian is coming off a victory last week at the Australian PGA Tour. That's not to mention his third-place finish at the British Open and the fifth-place finish at the PGA Championship.

It's been a banner year for Scott. Even though Nathan Holman is breathing down his neck, I think it would be a shock if Scott loses.

Look for him to pull away and win this one by a few strokes.

 

Nathan Holman

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Nathan Holman of Australia celebrates a birdie during round two of the 2013 Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Michael Dodge/Getty Images

If someone is to challenge Scott, than Nathan Holman has put himself in the best position.

The Australian is tied with Scott for the lead, after shooting a second-round 65. 

This is Holman's first chance at stardom, as the amateur golfer is only 23. He does have two amateur wins under his belt, though.

But even though the two are tied, Scott has outplayed Holman. Scott has dominated the greens in relation to Holman, according to Mark Hayes of the Herald Sun in Australia:

Holman may be in over his head here. He has a promising future, but Scott is just too talented. It's an impressive few rounds by the youngster, but I think he's going to slide out of the lead.

 

Matt Kuchar

SEA ISLAND, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  Matt Kuchar hits a shot on the second hole during the final round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on November 10, 2013 in Sea Island, Georgia.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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If you're looking for someone to creep up on Scott and take the lead, it's Matt Kuchar.

After struggling a bit in the first round, shooting a 71, Kuchar rebounded in a big way with a second-round 66.

The American is probably the biggest name, besides Scott, at the top of the leaderboard, and he definitely has the most experience. 

Kuchar has won twice in 2013, at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament. He also finished tied for eighth at the Masters in 2013.

He's a veteran golfer who knows how to win at big events. Unlike Holman, who is in the first major event of his life, Kuchar won't succumb to the pressure.

I think that it's going to come down to Kuchar and Scott, with Scott pulling away towards the end. Kuchar will make it interesting, but not enough to pull off the upset.