Arnold Palmer Invitational. Adam Scott Soars. March 20 2014
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Adam scorched round the Bay Hill course in an opening round of -10 under par 62, to easily top the leaderboard. He put his record equaling score down to a good day with the putter;
" I made a lot of putts today, and a lot of putts from considerable length. I hit a lot of nice shots, too, but it wasn't like I was hitting it four feet. I had a round like this in Australia at the end of last year, in the first six holes, I didn't hit it outside five feet. There's a lot of different ways to get the ball in the hole. But it's good for the confidence. It's what I wanted. I sat in here yesterday and said I'd like to make some birdies and build the confidence. And today is a good start to that."
Before the round he was feeling unwell, it has all changed now;
"It's hard to say that I'm sick, I feel actually better now than when I woke up. Just a bit under the weather. I can't complain. Hopefully, with a solid round tomorrow I keep myself right in this golf tournament. Like at any event, you want to start and put yourself right in it from the get-go and I've done that here."
Ryo Ishikawa and John Merrick opened their accounts with first rounds of -7 under par 65's to be tied in second place. Both of them were a massive 10 shots behind Adam before they even hit their first shot tee of the tournament.
John reckoned that round took the pressure off, and was also celebrating his birthday;
"That took the pressure off, you're already ten shots behind, so it's not like you're protecting anything. But this isn't the Bay Hill I remember. I don't usually play golf in Florida without 20 mph wind.""I think being my birthday today I kind of just walked out here with a smile on my face, knew it was going to be a good day regardless, and maybe didn't worry much about how I was going to play. It worked out, I made some putts. I haven't been doing that lately in my rounds. It was nice to make some putts; that was kind of the difference in my round."
Ryo was pretty happy with his opening round;
"It was a pretty comfortable round for me."
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had his best round of the year with a -6 under par 66 round, for fourth pace alone. Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey were among a group of six players at 67 after completing rounds of -5 under par.
There is a long way to go, but if Adam records another low round tomorrow, the pressure will be on the others.
Bubba Watson has been forced to retire from the competition, his allergies have taken over his body, he tweeted via @BubbaWatson.;
"Just wanted to tell my fans I'm sorry I had to withdraw from @APinv this week. My allergies have taken over! "It's hard to focus when you're heads all discombobulated from medicine and pollen."