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August 25 2011

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Adventurous first nine fuels Scott

Interview: Adam Scott

Scott discusses his opening-round 66.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

EDISON, N.J. -- Adam Scott only made one par over his first nine holes on Thursday at Plainfield Country Club.

Luckily for the Aussie, he also made six birdies and an eagle to offset his two bogeys, and Scott went on to turn in 31. Granted, he cooled off after the rain delay -- missing an 11-footer for birdie at No. 1 when he returned and playing the front in even par -- but Scott's still in the hunt after opening with a 66.

The round of 5 under left Scott, who won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last month, just two shots off the lead held by Harrison Frazar. He's tied with Jonathan Byrd and Charley Hoffman, who will defend his Deutsche Bank Championship next week.

"Turned into a pretty long day today, but it's a good start," Scott said. "Five under around here, I'm surprised generally by how good the scoring is. But I guess with the little bit of rain it softened it back up, and I think the pins were quite accessible today. It would be interesting to see how the rest of the week pans out for a lot of reasons, but very happy to start this way."

Scott said the Donald Ross layout, which is hosting its first PGA TOUR event, had firmed up well after absorbing more than nine inches of rain last week. Thursday's deluge, though, was a killer and more rain -- in the form of Hurricane Irene -- is on the way.

"It was starting to play very nice and now it's gone soft again, so that's disappointing," said Scott, who entered the Playoffs ranked No. 13.

Scott said he simply didn't see very many birdie opportunities when he returned to finish his round. He hit one "loose" shot at the par-3 third hole and made his only bogey on the front but the biggest challenge was adjusting to the speed of the severe and sloping greens.

"It was just tough today, because they changed pace obviously after the rain, and I even think this morning, they were not as fast as maybe the practice round or the pro-am," Scott said. "So it took a bit of adjusting to that. But then also, adjust again once it rained and slowed down. So it was more the variance in pace that made them a little tricky today."

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