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Scott ties course record at Brit Open's 1st round

Australian Adam Scott ticked all the boxes on the opening round of the British Open on Thursday.

Having had disastrous first rounds at the Masters and U.S. Open that effectively ruled him out after just one day' play, Scott was determined to keep himself in the running.

Despite worries about the conditions and weather following the UK's wettest summer in recent memory, the wind was calm and the clouds content allowing Scott to scorch his way to a course record-equaling 6-under 64.

''It was just like a nice walk in the park today,'' Scott said. ''And it was not what we've experienced in the practice rounds.

I'm sure there's going to be some weather elements thrown at us the next three days, so just going to have to knuckle down to handle that. But I'm confident. My ball striking is good. I think I can get it around no matter what the conditions are.''

Other players too enjoyed the unexpectedly benevolent conditions. Paul Lawrie, Zach Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts all shot 5-under 65s to keep Scott within touching distant, while the eagerly watched Tiger Woods kept up with a 67.

His third time playing the British Open at Lytham, the 14-time-major winner was surprised at how easy the course was playing.

''The wind wasn't blowing, and we're backing golf balls up,'' Woods said. ''That's something we just don't see.''

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