World no. 1 Adam Scott takes care of business in first round
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

In the first round of The Open Championship, Adam Scott set a blistering pace with a four-under 31 on the front nine. He said the wind during the inward nine was “much more demanding,” and he cooled off considerably for a four-under 68. Scott is tied for third place, two stroke behind Rory McIlroy.

The 2013 Masters champ drove the ball well, and also had a good day on the greens. “I putted lovely as soon as I made a nice one on 2, and then they started all going in on 4, 5, and 6, and that’s a good feeling, for sure. A couple got away from me on the back nine, but overall everything’s feeling pretty good.”

The putt on 5 was for an eagle, which got his round to three-under. Scott went to four-under with a birdie on 9, and offset the bogeys on 12 and 14 with birdies on 13 and 16.

The world no. 1 said, “You’ve got to keep pace with a guy like Rory. He has the potential to really put his foot down. I’ve seen him shoot lots of low rounds, and there’s nothing stopping him from doing that tomorrow, either. I don’t want him running away. We’ve seen what happens, he wins majors by eight. And Martin did it just a few weeks ago, and makes for a tough weekend when you’re that far behind having to force it.”

Scott is in contention after round one, and is looking to take advantage of his solid play. “It’s a good start. I’ve got a long way to go. 36 holes to put myself in a position. So I’ll just be grinding the next two days. If I keep swinging well, I think I’ll give myself enough chances to be there. Like I said Tuesday or Wednesday, I’ve kind of got it make it happen when I’m playing good at the moment.”

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–Bernie D’Amato