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The Tour Report

August 7 2011

2:05 PM

Fast start for contenders

It didn’t take long for someone to catch Adam Scott -- Jason Day birdied the first hole and is now tied for the lead at 12 under.

But Day wasn’t the only one to get off to a fast start with Fredrik Jacobson, Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald all posting early birdies.

Now it will be Scott’s turn to see if he can answer. The only lead in a World Golf Championships event ever had coming into this week was after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational in 2006 (he went on to finish in a tie for 10th). Prior to this week he’d also never led or shared the lead after all three rounds and gone on to win.

The good news for Scott, however, is that he has won five times in his career after holding the 54-hole lead, most recently at the 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

Scott is currently 50th in the FedExCup standings. A win would move him to No. 16 and almost guaranteed a spot in the season ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He won at East Lake in 2006, the year before the FedExCup began, but has only qualified for the PGA TOUR Playoffs finale twice in the past four years.