JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Still feeling the good vibes from his victory last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott opened the 93rd PGA Championship Thursday morning with a 1-under-par 69 at Atlanta AC.
It could have been better were it not for bogeys on the final two holes, but the 31-year-old Australian wasn't going to disparage his own efforts too much given the difficulty of the Highlands Course at AAC.
"Yeah, I'm happy with it. Slightly disappointed dropping a couple coming in, but it's a very difficult golf course. You have to be solid off the tee and hit good shots all the way around," Scott said. "It's a very demanding course from all aspects."
Even with the poor finish, Scott was T-12 among the morning wave of players, and wasn't likely to fall much given that the golf course was continuing to dry out. His final bogeys came on the 8th and 9th holes after beginning the championship on the 10th tee. His round was even more impressive playing while not being distracted in the company of Ryo Ishikawa, with whom he played the final round Sunday at Firestone CC. Ishikawa hit into six water hazards Thursday on the way to an 85.
"Definitely, I'll take it," Scott said after his performance of 5 birdies and 4 bogeys. "I'm still hitting it quite well, and I like the way I'm playing. I'd just like to finish a little better tomorrow."
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-- Dave Shedloski
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