For a few moments, at least, Adam Scott seemed poised to break the major-championship scoring record Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
The Australian happily settled for a 6-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead after the first round of the 141st Open Championship.
In surprisingly benign conditions in the morning, Scott reeled off eight birdies after a bogey on the par-4 third. Though he dropped a shot on the final hole when his tee shot found thick rough left, Scott’s 64 tied the course record at Lytham that Tom Lehman shot in 1996.
Zach Johnson, who won last week’s John Deere Classic, 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts each shot 65, while Brandt Snedeker turned in a 66.
Tiger Woods appeared in complete control of his game in Round 1, shooting 67 as he got off to a strong start in his bid to end a four-year winless drought in the majors. Rory McIlroy plunked a fan with an errant tee shot, leading to a double bogey, but he was able to rally and post 67, as well.
Other notables include World No. 1 Luke Donald, who carded 70, and Phil Mickelson, who had a wild round of 73.