Scott just one behind in Texas

DEFENDING champion Adam Scott is just one stroke off the leaders after the first round of the 2011 Valero Texas Open.

Coming off his runner-up finish at the Masters Scott shot a four-under 68 behind joint leaders J.J. Henry and former British Open Champion Stewart Cink.

Scott was tied for third along with Charley Hoffman, Jhonattan Vegas, Vaughn Taylor and Kevin Chappell.

Geoff Ogilvy was on three-under tied for 8th, followed by fellow Aussies Aron Price (70), John Senden and Michael Sim on one-under and Steve Elkington even.

The day’s spotlight was unfortunately on Kevin Na who almost set a PGA Tour record with a 16 on the par-4 ninth.

Na, who finished 4-under on the other 17 holes, watched his first shot on the 9th veer badly off course. The next wasn’t any better and it just got worse.

“I got done with the hole and I said (to my caddie), ‘I think I made somewhere between a 10 and a 15,” Na said. “But I think it’s close to a 15.” The final count was 16, not quite enough to beat John Daly, who had an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill in 1998.

Ogilvy and Scott were in the group following Na and watched the whole sorry saga unfold.

“There’s some rocks in there and some pretty nasty stuff,” Ogilvy said of the 474-yard ninth. “You don’t have to do a whole lot wrong to have three or four attempts to try and get it out. It becomes a comedy of errors sometimes.”

Australian Television Times

The 2011 Valero Texas Open is being telecast on Fox Sports:

Saturday 2nd Round 5am to 8am

Sunday 3rd Round 5am to 8am

Monday 4th Round 5am to 8am

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little 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 ASG 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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