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Scott Opens With 67 at Bay Hill

Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters. Picture Supplied by Action Images.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA | Adam Scott just keeps rolling along.

That’s the kind of roll he’s been on the past month or so.

Despite not being as sharp with his ballstriking as he’d like, Scott shot 5-under-par 67 Thursday in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to raise the realistic possibility that he could win a third tournament in a row.

He hit just 10 greens in regulation but did not have a bogey on his card, holing eight putts of at least 5 feet in length, riding the good vibes that stayed with him last week when he took a week off to be home in the Bahamas after winning the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.

“I hit so many good shots the last few weeks and kind of continuously do that,” Scott said. “Didn’t hit terribly bad shots today. My short game was there. That’s the kind of days you’re almost most satisfied with are days like today when you shoot your lowest.”

Tour players often talk about the shots they left on the course no matter how well they scored. Scott didn’t pretend Thursday that he could have wrung any more out of his round.

He kick-started his round with an eagle at the par-5 16th hole (his seventh), then birdied the dangerous par-4 18th. Scott also ranked among the leaders in strokes gained putting (2.763) in the first round.

Rather than look back at his recent success (he finished second at the Northern Trust Open before his two victories), Scott is focused on the future with The Masters just three weeks away.

“I must say at Doral I was pretty pleased to win and Honda I had a few flashbacks while I was there because it had been a long time since I won on the PGA Tour,” Scott said. “But I’ve had a whole week off to kind of digest what’s happened and back to make sure I came here just as hungry to win again and keep the form going and try and let this confidence snowball going into Augusta.”


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