German Kaymer continued his impressive showing at Pinehurst by carding a second straight five-under 65 to take a six-shot lead at the halfway mark on Friday.
But Scott believes he can slowly make up ground on the weekend and said being within five or fewer shots with nine holes to play could be enough.
“If I drew up my perfect plan right now, over the next 27 holes you would like to narrow the gap to you know, less than half of what it is,” the Australian world number one told a news conference.
“Anything could happen over nine holes at a US Open, so if I played great and he continues to play great, I think I can narrow that gap and hopefully feel like I’m in contention come the back nine Sunday.”
Scott conceded Kaymer would be impossible to stop if he continued to perform as he had throughout the opening two rounds.
The 2013 Masters champion said it had already been impressive that Kaymer could string together back-to-back 65s.
“It’s great golf for Martin,” Scott said.
“There are so many talented guys and he’s certainly one of them and he’s confident enough after winning a big event already this year. And when you’re playing like that, you want to just keep it going.
“So for him to come out today and back it up is super. If he does it for two more days, then we’re all playing for second spot.
“But we all know that US Opens get very difficult and if I can just somehow put together two really good rounds, maybe slowly but surely I’ll creep my way up towards Martin.”
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