ADAM SCOTT’S problem in Majors this year has been “shooting himself in the foot” with poor first rounds.
He certainly has that aspect covered after a near record breaking 64 in the first round of the 2012 British Open.
Scott leads The Open by one shot after his sparkling six under par score equalled the lowest ever at Royal Lytham & St Annes, set by Tom Lehman in 1996.
“It’s nice just to take advantage of the calm conditions today,” said Scott, who led a star studded chasing pack.
“It was surprising but very pleasing to go out and play some solid golf. It’s what I haven’t done the first rounds of the majors this year, and that was my goal here, really, starting the week was to play today like it was Sunday and there was no tomorrow. I did a good job of that, and now I’ve got my work cut out for me the next couple of days to keep myself in a similar kind of position.”
Scott said he realised at the 17th he had a chance to be the first player at any Major to hit a 62 – he only needed a birdie on either of the two closing holes
“Yeah, I know there’s never been a 62,” he said. “And I was waiting to use the bathroom going to the 17th tee and I did a look at the leaderboard and realized it was a par?70. And I also probably then realized that I wasn’t going to be the guy to shoot 62. It’s one of those things that you don’t want to go through your mind, thinking about your final score and stuff like that. So I got rid of that quickly and got on to playing the 17th. But unfortunately I dropped one up the last.”
Scott wasn’t that disappointed when he pulled his two-iron off the tee into Lytham’s notoriously thick rough.
“…making a bogey here or there is fine. Making doubles and triples is what really hurts. So just getting out of trouble was good,” he said.
“That’s what I’ve dreamt of as a kid and that’s what I made goals when I turned pro” – Adam Scott
Scott knows it is early days but after celebrated his 32th birthday on Monday there is one present [apart from the golf bag his parents gave him?] that would really hit the spot.
“Well, I haven’t achieved my goal of winning major championships. That’s what I’ve dreamt of as a kid and that’s what I made goals when I turned pro and what I’ve thought about since turning pro, so I guess I haven’t achieved that,” he said.
So day one is over, three more to go.
“It was just like a nice walk in the park today, and it was not what we’ve experienced in the practice rounds. I’m sure there’s going to be some weather elements thrown at us the next three days. So just going to have to knuckle down to handle that. But I’m confident. My ball?striking is good. I think I can get it around no matter what the conditions are.”
Scott leads 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie, recent US PGA Tour winner Zach Johnson and big hitting Belgian Nicholas Colsaerts by one stroke.
Brandt Snedeker is one further back on 4-under while Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Peter Hanson and Japan’s Toshinori Muto are 3-under.
Of the remaining 12 Australians, Mark Leishman and Brendan Jones are doing best on 1-under while Aaron Townsend, John Senden and British Open rookie Nick Cullen were on even.
Geoff Ogilvy had a disappointing start and was 2-over.2012 British Open Leaderboard