Adam Scott hunting No. 1 ranking, robbed of hole-out eagle at TPC Sawgrass

How did this not go in?

Adam Scott is making a run on the back nine at The Players Championship, draining three straight birdies to start his inward march and keep those hopes of becoming the new world No. 1 alive. That appeared to be a dead proposition at the start of Friday, after Scott fired an opening round 77 (only four players in the entire field were worse on Thursday). But the Aussie rebounded in the second round with score that was 10 shots better than his first loop. That was enough to make the cut on the number, and now he's trying to work his way up the leaderboard on '"moving day" at TPC Sawgrass.

The birdie streak on his Saturday back nine should have included an eagle, but last year's Masters champ got a bit of bad luck on the lip of the 10th hole. From about 110 yards out, Scott lofted a wedge that landed on the fringe and immediately stated tracking towards the cup. It definitely looked like a hole-out eagle, but somehow rimmed out at the end:

He'd tap in for birdie, and then post red numbers at the next two holes to get to 3-under for the week. There's no way he's going to win, but a move can get him back in the hunt for that top spot in the world rankings on Sunday. Scott needs a T16 result or better to have a chance at No. 1 (and hope Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, or Bubba Watson don't make a move towards the top 10 -- more here on the No. 1 contenders targeting Tiger).

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