Star Watch: Adam Scott ties course record at Bay Hill

Adam Scott shot a 62 on Thursday at Bay Hill. (USATSI)
Adam Scott shot a 62 on Thursday at Bay Hill. (USATSI)

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On a day that always rattles my confidence in what I know about sports (the first day of March Madness), I feel very confident of this:

Adam Scott was feeling it at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday morning.

Scott tied a course record (Andy Bean and Greg Norman) with a 10-under 62 on Thursday to jump out to a huge lead on the rest of the field.

Scott's 62 was the round of the morning by four shots over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Here's a look at his seven birdies and two eagles:

Scott hasn't played this tournament since 2009 when he missed the cut. I don't think there's much chance of that happening this week.

Brandt Snedeker joked that maybe the long putter ban should go into effect a few years early when he was told about Scott's score that included 4.71 strokes gained putting (a ridiculous number).

"Can we ban that putter the rest of the week?"

Snedeker's probably not the only one who feels that way with putts like these:

According to PGA Tour Media, the last time Scott opened with a 62 was at Bridgestone in 2011 and he won that tournament by four strokes.

If Scott can hold on again he will likely pass Tiger Woods for world No. 1 before Augusta rolls around.

Other stars

Brandt Snedeker (5 under, T5) -- Good to see Sneds break out of his slump with a nice 67 on Thursday. He had to battle playing with the 11-over Bubba Watson as well.

Graeme McDowell (4 under, T10)  -- Great start for McDowell spurred on by this 75-foot bomb for eagle:

Ian Poulter (4 under, T10) -- Six birdies on Thursday from Poulter in his adopted home state. He rounds out a pretty star-studded top of the leaderboard.

Justin Rose (1 under, T40) -- Decent start for last year's runner up at this track but he's got some ground to cover with Scott jumping out to a nine-shot lead.

Rickie Fowler (1 over, T76) -- Another guy who played well at this tournament last season. Not a terrible start but again, the Scotty problem.

Bubba Watson (11 over, WD) -- Watson made an 11 on one hole and a seven on another. Then he withdrew with allergies.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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