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Adam Scott is just two shots from the halfway lead at the WGC HSBC Championship in Shanghai, a second round of 69 leaving him sharing third place behind only leader Matthew Fitzpatrick and second placed Rory McIlroy.

Scott was out in even par but three birdies on the way home took him within striking distance of the lead.

Matthew Millar, who earned his place in this prestigious and lucrative event through his runner-up finish on the Australasian Tour money list last year, is, along with Cameron Smith, the next best placed Australian in 32nd place.

Jake McLeod was 42nd, Scott Hend 50th and Daniel Nisbet 77th.

Fitzpatrick leads by one over McIlroy, McIlroy’s eagle at the last today reminding all of his presence and prospects of a first win in this event.

Fitzpatrick enjoys a good record at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai with three top twenties in five starts.