If you can get past the strange commentary, here are the highlights of Adam Scott’s course record tying round 62 at Bay Hill.
Adam Scott’s hopes of grabbing the world number one ranking this week were dashed when Tiger Woods and Jason Day withdrew from the tournament this week (due to back and thumb injuries respectively).
But it hasn’t dented his desire to shoot low scores after firing a record equalling course record at the Bay Hill course in the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Prior to the tournament, Scott expressed a desire to start making birdies to boost confidence ahead of his Masters defence in a few weeks. Scott had no trouble doing that. His 10-under par 62 included two eagles, seven birdies and a bogey and required just 23 putts.
If Scott does win this week, he’ll almost certainly be ranked number one in the world next week as the rolling two-year cycle the rankings are based on, will see him overtake Woods.
“Obviously I’m really thrilled with the start today,” Scott said after his round. “It’s maybe a little surprising. I don’t know where it came from, but the putter certainly got hot today.”
Scott admitted to not feeling the best, taking to the course with flu-like symptoms.
“It’s hard to say that I’m sick. But I’ve struggled the last couple of days with a bit of flu-like fever and stuff. I feel actually better now than when I woke up,” said Scott. “But I’m just a bit under the weather. I can’t complain.”
Bubba Watson withdrew from the event citing bad allergies after carding a 11-over par 83 which included an 11 at the par-5 6th hole.
Just wanted to tell my fans I’m sorry I had to withdraw from @APinv this week. My allergies have taken over!
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) March 20, 2014
Woods, Day, Watson out. Seems Scotty is the only tough bloke on tour.