Scott takes early British Open lead

ADAM SCOTT took the early  first round clubhouse lead of the 2012 British Open with a 6-under 64 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Scott had a chance of Major history at 7-under with two holes to play, needing a birdie on 17 or 18 for a 62 and the lowest ever round in a Major.

Unfortunately, the nerves seemed to get to him on the 18th tee and he pulled his drive short and left into the notoriously thick Lytham rough.

A bogey resulted, only his second in what was otherwise a scintillating round, but it was still enough for Scott to finish with a one stroke lead over Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and America’s Zach Johnson.

Scott and the other morning starters faced quite benign conditions on a course softened by recent rain.

Tournament favourite Tiger Woods got off to a blistering start and was 4-under after seven holes but he became frustrated when the birdies dried up, making his first bogey on 15 to be 3-under with three to play.

2012 British Open Leaderboard
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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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