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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Scott joins Norman in Open record books

Adam Scott has matched the lowest round ever at Royal Lytham

Adam Scott, who reckons he can remember every shot of Greg Norman's closing 64 to win The Open at Sandwich 19 years ago, now has one of his own to sit alongside it in the record books.

The 31-year-old Australian was not going to let a final hole bogey spoil his day at Royal Lytham - certainly not when he was told it matched the lowest round ever on the famous Lancashire links in its 11 stagings of the championship.

Scott, with Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams on his bag, said: "I'm very pleased with the start - obviously. My goal starting the week was to play today like it was Sunday and there was no tomorrow. I did a good job of that."

With the rain-softened course begging to be taken apart in the calm conditions the former European Tour regular, currently ranked 13th in the world, was the one to take the most advantage.

When he had five birdies in six holes from the long 11th he was seven under and on the par 70 lay-out one more birdie would have made him the first player in major history to shoot 62.

Pulling his final drive into the rough and failing to salvage his four, however, meant he did not even become the 25th player to sign for a 63.

"I know there's never been a 62," Scott stated. "When I was waiting to use the bathroom going to the 17th tee I did a look at the leaderboard and realised it was a par 70.

"I also probably then realised that I wasn't going to be the guy to shoot 62 - it's one of those things that you don't want to go through your mind.

"But making a bogey here or there is fine - making doubles and triples is what really hurts. It was just like a nice walk in the park and I'm sure there's going to be some weather elements thrown at us the next three days.

"But I'm confident. My ball-striking is good and I think I can get it around no matter what the conditions are."

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