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Scott ties course record with 62 in Rd. 1 at Bay Hill

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Aaron Baddeley of Australia hits off the 17th tee during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 9, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)  - 

ORLANDO, Fla. – The last time Adam Scott opened with a 62, he won by 4 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational three years ago.

If this time leads to a similar result, he could be the world’s No. 1 player when he returns to Augusta to defend his Masters title.

Scott posted a 10-under 62 in the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday. It tied the low round of his PGA Tour career, which he’d posted five times previously.

The Aussie dismantled Bay Hill’s four par-5 holes with two eagles and two birdies. He added five other birdies and a bogey during the round.

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It tied a course record also held by Greg Norman and Andy Bean.

With a win this week, the world’s second-ranked player wouldn’t immediately earn enough ranking points to pass Tiger Woods for the No. 1 spot, but if neither player competed again prior to the Masters in three weeks, Scott would officially overtake that position for the first time in his career on Monday of that week.