Scott enjoying his opening round today – photo Getty Images Cliff Hawkins

Adam Scott has made an impressive start to his 2021 golfing year with an opening round of 5 under par 68 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Maui in Hawaii.

Scott finds himself in a share of 9th place and three shots behind joint first round leaders, Harris English and defending champion Justin Thomas who opened with rounds of 65.

Scott’s bogey free round of 68 over the par 73 layout at the Plantation Course and was delighted with the manner in which he hit the ball.

“I think probably the best I’ve hit it in about four years for one round of golf,” said Scott. “So that’s good. I’ve been obviously always working on it, but kind of started feeling it there at Houston and the Masters and managed to keep in the practice something going in the right direction, so it was nice to see that on the course today.

“I kind of need to get it going. I had a pretty light campaign generally last year, like really light and really average too after COVID. We returned from the break and the Australian tournaments were cancelled, so that gave me the break at the end of the year that I don’t normally get and I was very excited to be coming back here.

“I love coming and playing over here, it’s been a while, and a good way for me to kind of kick start my FedExCup run. And I’ll play next week and Farmers as well and hopefully keep striking it like this and get a few putts to drop and I’ll be in good shape.”

Like Scott, Marc Leishman was bogey free and finished the day at 4 under 69. It was an encouraging start to the year for Leishman who failed to record one top ten in any of his last 14 starts on the PGA Tour.

Cameron Smith was off to a good start to back up some stunning end of 2020 form but a double bogey late in his round when making a mess of the par five 15th proved costly. He was able to recover with a birdie from 15 feet at the last and at 3 under 70 it was a solid, if perhaps disappointing, start.