Adam Scott right in PGA hunt at halfway

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Adam Scott is continuing to savour his return to Wentworth as he lies menacingly just a couple of shots off the lead at halfway in the European Tour's flagship PGA Championship on the famous Surrey course.

The 41-year-old Australian, who's back at a venue which he first enjoyed two decades ago in the fledgling stage of his distinguished career, shot an uneven but eventually satisfying second round of 69 to add to his opening 65, leaving him at 10-under for the tournament.

That leaves him two adrift of Thailand's joint-overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who followed up his opening 64 with a 68 to move to 12-under, while Englishman Laurie Canter shot 66 and Italy's Francesco Laporta 65 to both move to 11-under.

While there's a logjam of quality players pursuing them, including Scott's playing partner over the first two rounds Justin Rose, at nine-under, the Queenslander reckons he's in good shape as he seeks what would be his first win of the year, the 32nd of his career and his 12th on the European Tour.

"It was a bit squirly early on but overall, two good days' work, I'm right in the mix," Scott told Sky Sports after a mixed bag which featured more good than bad - an eagle, six birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

"It's been great for the last couple of days and Wentworth's never looked better. It's really nice to come back and enjoy playing here again. I haven't been here for a long time but I'm loving it."

He reckoned he could feel himself returning to some of his best form after a long, trying season.

"The form's just been coming. It's been a tough season and I haven't had any momentum but I've battled through and I felt it coming.

"I got in a playoff a few weeks ago (in the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour) and once I was out of the FedEx Cup I was looking for events to play and what a great one this is to come back to."

The key to a roller-coaster round was his eagle three on the fifth which came straight after his chip from just off the green at the fourth trickled back into a bunker, leaving him with a double-bogey six.

"It was important I got things back on track quickly," he said.

Scott's round almost ended with another glorious flourish when his soaring second on the par-five 18th finished just 18ft from the pin, only for his eagle putt to stop stubbornly just short of the hole.

"You've got to take advantage of these par-fives out here and I think I've done that well for two days," said Scott, who's played the four long holes in a flawless nine-under so far.

Just four shots cover the first 13 in the field at halfway, with Adelaide's Wade Ormsby having taken advantage of the benign conditions to shoot a six-under 66 to move into the top 25 at five-under overall.

For Scottish Open winner Min Woo Lee, though, it proved a day to forget as a quadruple-bogey nine at the par-five 12th ensured that, at five-over for the tournament, he wouldn't make the cut.

Neither will veteran Queensland player Scott Hend, who'd also made a nine on his card at the par-five fourth on the opening day. He shot a second round 71 to also finish at five-over.

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