Scott loses ground but not out of it – file phot0

Adam Scott was unable to build on his fine start to the BMW Championship in Chicago and although he still recorded a 1 under par second round of 71, he lost 13 places and as the event heads into the weekend he finds himself in a share of 21st place.

It was a frustrating day for Scott, two birdies on the way to the turn had him set up for a strong finish but the homeward nine saw him unable to move forward.

In fact, he would drop a shot at the 16th hole to finish at 6 under for his opening 36 holes and six shots from the halfway leader, Hideki Matsuyama.

Jason Day was once again unable to build any momentum in his round of 71 to be at 3 under and in a share of 40th place while the only other Australian to make it into the field of 69, Marc Leishman, was round in 71 to finish at 1 under and in 58th place.

Day has slipped to 50th in the FedEx Cup standings and as such will need an exceptional weekend is he is to force his way into the leading thirty players who will be off the the Tour Championship next week.

Both Adam Scott and Marc Leishman appear safe to play the Tour Championship.

The leader, Matsuyama, has not won in two years on the PGA Tour and, in fact, has missed two of his last four cuts but his 9 under par round of 63 today swept him into a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau.

Joint first-round leader, Justin Thomas, is another shot back and alone in 4th place.