Scott off to solid start, cards 69 in Round 1 at Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Seems Adam Scott has the hang of this major championship stuff.

Scott shot an opening 69 Thursday at the Masters and is only one shot behind leader Bill Haas. It’s the fourth time in his last five competitive rounds at Augusta National that Scott has shot 69. He shot 69-72-69-69 last year and ultimately defeated Angel Cabrera on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

On this glorious day in nearly perfect conditions Scott jumped out to a quick start with a birdie on the first hole, and followed it with birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 10.

As he walked to the par-3 12th tee Scott received a standing ovation as the current Masters champion, a moment he said was the best of the day. Moments later he hit his tee shot into the water and made double bogey.

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A smooth birdie on 14 and a studly par-save on the final hole all added up to 69 by day’s end.

“The first few holes of the Masters is the most nervous I ever get on a golf course,” Scott said. “I certainly feel like I prepared very well for this event and I was comfortable with my game anyway.”

Scott has finished in the top five in three of the four majors last year, including the Masters victory, and he has seven top-eight finishes in the last 12 majors.