Adam Scott has made an impressive return to tournament golf with a second round of 64 at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles to finish the opening 36 holes in a share of 5th place at 6 under and just three from the lead of Matt Kuchar.

Scott, whose last event was when successful at the Australian PGA Championship in mid-December, produced the best round of the day, a homeward nine of 31, at one stage giving him a share of the lead.

An opening round of 72 perhaps removed some of the rust from a seven-week break but today things were much sharper and with an impressive record at Riviera Country Club, then things might get even better over the weekend.

Scott has been a winner and twice runner-up in this event and today he again displayed a liking for the highly regarded layout.

Kuchar leads by two over Harold Varner 111, Wyndham Clark and Rory McIlroy, McIlroy looking particularly threatening as the recently crowned world number one looks to improve on his 4th place last year and continue his current run of form.

Marc Leishman was the only other Australian to make the cut when he completed his opening 36 at even par and in a share of 45th place.

Jason Day was unable to follow up his good start a second round of 76, seeing him miss the weekend.