SCOTT BARR AND THE BEAST

BY IAN DE COTTA

Scott Barr went out to meet The Beast yesterday morning, focused on keeping his nose clean.

That’s what the World Classic course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club has come to be known.

It is unpredictable and difficult to tame.

On Thursday, the Australian shot six birdies against four bogeys to sneak into the top of the US$750,000 ($1.05m) World Classic Championship leaderboard with three others.

Making at least par in Round 2 was the aim. The birdies came only twice, in the second and 18th, and were levelled off with as many bogeys in the par-fours of the fifth and 14th.

With a two-under 140 total, it was enough to keep the Laguna National pro at the top, all by himself this time, ahead of Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung by a stroke.

This story first appeared in The New Paper. Read the full report here: Barr Raised.