Adam Scott – file photo Henry Peters
It might be over a month since Adam Scott last played an event on the PGA Tour but if there was any residual rust in the system when he played his opening round of the Safeway Open in Napa in California today it was hardly evident.
Scott began the event with a round of 7 under 65 to share the lead with American Andrew Landry, the pair opening up a one-shot lead over Italy’s Francesco Molinari and American Matthew NeSmith.
Aaron Baddeley also began his new season on the PGA Tour with a solid opening round. Baddeley recorded a 3 under 69 to be in a share of 15th place, Cameron Percy was round in 70 to be tied for 29th along with Marc Leishman, while Rhein Gibson 74 and Cameron Davis 76 were further back.
Scott began the week feeling frustrated at not being able to win despite playing some fine golf for much of last season especially during the playoffs. In fact, Scott has not won anywhere in more than three years but his consistency has been a hallmark of his play this year.
“A couple of my finishes I felt I played better then where I finished,” said Scott in a pre-event media conference. “A couple of late bogeys was certainly the theme especially at the majors. I’m looking to get back in the winner’s circle but have to find that little edge to get me over the line.”
The highlight of Scott’s round was a putt from over 50 feet for eagle at the 5th hole (his 14th).