PINEHURST, N.C. – Adam Scott’s suspect U.S. Open record didn’t improve any Thursday, when the world No. 1 took 34 swipes with the putter en route to a 3-over 73.
When Scott finished his opening round, he sat only five shots off the lead and seemed pleased with his position.
“Not too much damage done,” Scott said, though a few minutes later Martin Kaymer put the finishing touches on a 5-under 65 that was the lowest score ever in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Scott’s long game wasn’t the issue – he hit 11 fairways and 13 greens. The Australian said that his short game wasn’t as “spot-on” as it needed to be, especially on these greens that feature so many humps, mounds and runoffs. His only birdie came on the par-5 fifth.
Though Scott has been a consistent contender in golf’s biggest events in the past few years, he has continued to struggle in the season’s second major. In 12 career Open starts, he has no top 10s, just a pair of top 25s, and six career missed cuts.
“I’m a little disappointed,” he said of his opening round. “I think I played a little better than what I ended up shooting.”