Date: November 27, 2014
Author: Martin Blake @ The Australian GC

Struggling Scott makes bad start at Open


Australia's world No. 3 Adam Scott has made a stuttering start to the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club today.

Scott, a past winner of Australia's national championship, dropped five shots on his opening nine holes despite relatively calm conditions for the opening round.

His day began with a double bogey at the first hole, a long par four where he hit his approach into the greenside bunker and bladed his trap shot over the green.

A three-putt bogey at the par-four third hole, then another bogey at the sixth hole where he failed to get up and down from the right bunker were further trouble.

Scott's long putter was not working and his driving was errant, and even when he had chances for birdie, at the eighth

He went through the front nine in 40 shots and was still five-over-par through 11 holes.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy began with a two-under-par 69 to keep himself in contention on a day when the course played tough.

New South Wales professional Aron Price is the clubhouse leader at three-under-par 68.

Another local pro, Scott Gardiner, had a hole-in-one at the 11th.