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Adam Scott fires 69 in 1st round of Masters, could have been better

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Adam Scott shot an opening-round 69 at the Masters on Thursday which left him one stroke off of Bill Haas' lead at the time Scott finished.

It's the first time a defending champion has opened with a round in the 60s since Vijay Singh did it in 2001. It even started hot with a birdie at the first.

Scott told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi after his round that he felt good all day.

"There was certainly a level of comfort coming off the first today. The Masters is usually the most nervous I am all year and it takes me a few holes to settle down. But today I was very comfortable and enjoyed every minute of it."

And you know what? It could have been a lot better.

Scott three-putted for par on No. 13 after a good second shot and then did the same thing on the lightning-quick green at No. 15.

The only wart on an otherwise clean card was a double bogey at No. 12 where he hit it in the water (along with seemingly everyone else). Scott didn't make a double bogey over all 72 holes when he won in 2013.

Adam Scott's first round could have been better. (Getty Images)
Adam Scott's first round could have been better. (Getty Images)

Scott told Rinaldi he was the victim of maybe a lack of focus.

"I just received the most incredible ovation as I came to the 12th tee and maybe got caught up in it a little bit."

Here's a look at his card from Thursday:

Scott looked locked in for much of the day despite the stumble at No. 12. The scoring average on the wicked par-3 was playing to a 3.47 average at the time Scott finished and that's likely to increase as the day wears on.

Scott will likely end the day inside the top 10 which is a good thing if you're a fan of him repeating because since 2000 only Mickelson and Woods have come from outside the top 10 after the first round to win green jackets.

He sounds like a man ready to go back to back and if he does, he would be only the fourth to do that.

"You put in so much and I'm putting 100 percent of my energy into trying to get myself in position to win the Masters. It's been such a great experience for me this week."

The Australian will be there in the end again this year, it'll just be about how much magic he has in the tank.

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