Scott smashes Royal Sydney record with 62
World number two Adam Scott has set himself up superbly to capture the Australian golf ‘Triple Crown’ with a blistering new course record on day one of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
Scott birdied his opening six holes and then his closing four in a 10-under par 62 and three shots less than the prior low of 65.
It is Scott’s lowest round ever on the Australasian Tour and just one shot more than a career best of 61 on route to victory in the 2008 Qatar Masters in Doha.
“The first six birdies were a joke as I just hit the ball so close on every one of those holes and the scorecard is good as when you look at it there is 10 birdies in row as I started from the 10th hole,” he said after recording just 24 putts.
“So when I’m old I will be able to embellish having 10 birdies in a row.”
Adam Scott tees off at Royal Sydney on his way to a course record 10-under 62 at the 2013 Australian Open (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“It was just a beautiful morning for golf and the conditions over my outward nine were just ideal for scoring and didn’t have much work to do to go to six under par after six holes.”
“So I was really rolling after that but it’s interesting because I went through a roller coaster of emotions out there to be cruising after six holes but then having to work hard for the next seven or eight holes just to make some pars and getting a bit frustrated as nothing much was going my way.”
“I felt like my swing was leaving me but then I hit one close at the fifth or my 15th and knock that in and finish strongly.”
“So it’s just incredible how in 18 holes you can do 360 degrees of emotions and mood swings but it was a great start and a very nice little course record now to have.”
Five players had held the old course record of a seven under par 65, including fellow Australian and PGA Tour member, Matthew Goggin, and with all five setting the then new mark during the 2008 Australian Open at the course.
Scott arrived in Sydney looking to become only the second player behind compatriot Robert Allenby in 2005 to capture the Australian golf ‘Triple Crown’ of victory in the Australian PGA, Australian Masters and Australian Open.
Scott won this year’s Australian PGA by four shots from American Rickie Fowler and then last fortnight successfully defended his Australian Masters title and defeating another American in Matt Kuchar by two shots at Royal Melbourne.
And Scott admitted there will now be target on his back for the remaining three days of his final event of 2013.
“My edge on the field teeing up today may only be confidence and my confidence is high as I am playing a lot of good golf and that is what I put my play down to at the moment as confidence,” he said.
“Certainly there is a bunch of guys here who are confident and there is a bunch of guys who are not and that is always the edge.”
“I don’t know if there is a target on my back but then there might be after today, as I might be leading so I will be the guy everyone is shooting for.”
“So now that I’ve started well you want to keep your foot on the gas and that is what I want to do now.”
“I had a few times in my career where I ran away winning by several shots and while it is a good attribute to have, it’s still hard to do.”
Fellow Australian Jason Day, who played alongside Scott and had teamed with Scott to capture the ‘Team’ event in last week’s World of Golf, shot a round of 70.
Double Major winning Rory McIlroy was out in the afternoon half of the draw.