At the Australian PGA Championship, Adam Scott started the day in a group tied for fourth after local co-leaders Min Woo Lee, Jason Scrivener, and John Lyras after shooting a five-under 66 on Thursday.
Cameron Smith, the Open champion, was in Scott’s early-morning group along with Ryan Fox, who finished second to Rory McIlroy on the DP World Tour’s order of merit this season after shooting a 72.
The brother of two-time major champion women’s golfer Minjee Lee, Lee had an “awesome” day, sinking some huge putts to finish with seven birdies in his 65-hole round.
Brad Kennedy, Anthony Quayle, and Jeunghun Wang of South Korea tied for fourth place with scores of 66, matching Scott’s.
After back-to-back bogeys forced Scott back into the field, his putting allowed him to score two more birdies in the next three holes, giving him a total of four tap-in birdies in five holes on either side of the turn.
Scott sought local guidance on how to negotiate the dramatically undulating greens at Royal Queensland, and his choice to make several putts from off the green paid off.
The circumstances are ideal, and you should take advantage of them, he said. I’m really happy with that; it’s all really good stuff.
The “new” caddy Steve Williams, who has come out of retirement to carry the bag for the 2013 Masters champion, was given a mission by Scott right away. For his 6 a.m. tee time, Scott had to get up early, but he couldn’t find his golf bag.
When the manager eventually emerged from his room, they were greeted on the 10th tee by hundreds of early birds.
Scott chuckled and said, “It was panic stations. Steve was kicking doors down.
On the British Open champion’s long-awaited visit to his home state of Queensland, the majority of spectators were there to see his playing partner Smith.
Following a busy prelude, headliner Smith got off to a slow start but finished with three birdies in his final four holes to card a 68 and place himself three shots back.
Smith hoped that his local supporters would not expect him to win the A$2 million competition co-sponsored by the DP World Tour since he was exhausted and admitted his brain was a touch “foggy” when he made the turn without a birdie.
Although I’m here to play my best golf, he added, “sometimes you play your best golf and finish 20th.”
I got there and took the necessary action.
Nicolai Hojgaard shot 68 in another round, while his identical brother Rasmus Hojgaard, 21, shot 69. Last year, the Belgian twins won back-to-back competitions, creating a record on the tour.
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