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Scott shoots 68 after brief stint on 'autopilot'

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DORAL, Fla. – Following two of his most productive weeks in years, Adam Scott conceded on Thursday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that he allowed himself to drift onto “autopilot” on Day 1 at Doral.

“There's a huge sense of satisfaction for me winning last week, and it would be pretty easy for me to go and sit at home for a week and feel good about myself,” said Scott, who finished second two weeks ago at Riviera and won last week’s Honda Classic. “But this is such a huge event and I'm playing so good, you couldn't script coming in here any better.”

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Things got off to a quick enough start for the Australian with an eagle at his first hole (No. 10), but he was quickly jolted back to reality with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12.

It took an internal pep talk, but Scott would rebound with five more birdies the rest of the way and finish with a 4-under 68 for a share of fourth place.

“I just kind of went on autopilot and hit two good shots up the first and knocked a putt in and didn't even think about it,” Scott said. “Then once I faced a couple tougher shots, made a bit of a mess of them, [I] quickly realized on the 13th tee that if that's how I'm going to play, I'm probably going to shoot over par today, so I had to sharpen up a bit.”