Starting his day on the back nine, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott went out early Thursday morning at The Arnold Palmer Invitational and matched the course record 62. Only Andy Bean in 1981, and Greg Norman in 1984 have went this low at Bay Hill since it began hosting PGA Tour events in 1979. The -10 under 62 also matched Scott’s low score on the tour.
Playing along with the current US Open Champ, Justin Rose, Scott got the day going with a birdie at the 10th hole, put two eagles on his card and a bogey at 18. After getting some rain during the week, Scott said the greens held every shot he threw into them. The confidence continued to grow in the pristine Florida conditions as he went five under on both nines.
Scott took some time off after the Sony Championship following a busy off-season as he took his Green Jacket back to Australia where he won everything except the Australian Open. He lost to a hard-charging Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Royal Sydney Golf Course. He looks to have his game on-track as he gets ready to defend his Masters Championship next month.
This is the 33 year-old Aussie’s first appearance at the Palmer since 2009. He missed the last two cuts at Bay Hill, and finished third in his only top 10 finish in 2006 after six starts.
“Obviously I’m really thrilled with the start today,” Scott said. “It’s maybe a little surprising. I don’t know where it came from, but the putter certainly got hot today.”
“I just had a few frustrating years here and left it off the schedule,” Scott said. “Coming back fresh was obviously a good thing.
“But I like the changes they’ve made since the time I have not been here. And today was just one of those days where the hole was a bit like a bucket.”
Justin Rose shot a one under par 71 during the Adam Scott show, and is working on his game. Rose is making his final stop before going to Augusta.
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