Australian golfer Adam Scott was on the verge of achieving his best ever tournament round during the opening round of the Travelers Championship. Scott was in top form, leading the field at 9-under after recording an impressive 10 birdies in his first 15 holes, with only one bogey. However, everything took a turn for the worse on the 17th hole.
With just two more birdies or an eagle needed to card a career-first score of 59, Scott stepped up to the tee on the 17th. He carefully placed his iron shot on the perfect spot of the fairway, leaving him with a long wedge shot over water to reach the green of the par-4 hole. Unfortunately, his second shot fell well short and landed in the water hazard, leading to a drop and a fourth shot from the same spot.
Reflecting on his round, Scott explained that the wind had been shifting between different directions, making it difficult to gauge the shot accurately. Despite the disappointing double bogey on the 17th, Scott managed to regain his form and birdied the 18th hole to finish the day with a remarkable 62, 8-under par. This performance matched his personal record round and the 11 birdies matched his achievement when winning the 2008 Qatar Masters.
Scott remained optimistic and acknowledged that if he had made an eagle on the 15th hole, the possibility of carding a 59 would have been within reach. However, he did not dwell on this thought during the round and simply focused on executing his shots. With a strong finish to his first round, Scott is still in contention for a top finish in the tournament, currently sitting in third place behind Denny McCarthy and Keegan Bradley.
Scott’s outstanding performance at the Travelers Championship comes after a solid season, with his best result being a tied fifth place at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. His last victory on the PGA Tour was three years ago at the Genesis Invitational. As the tournament progresses, it will be exciting to see if Scott can maintain his excellent form and compete for the lion’s share of the $30 million purse.
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