Adam Scott completed his first round at Augusta National as a Masters champion, something he will never forget.
“It was a thrill, really,” said Scott, who shot an opening-round 69 on Thursday, via ESPN.com. “The reception into every green and almost every tee box was incredible, and the best one, the memory that will stick with me forever, was walking up the 12th tee and everyone getting out of their seats as I approached there. It was great.
“The level of respect that everyone has for this golf tournament and what happens here … but then I went and hit it in the water.”
Scott scored a double-bogey on the hole, but that was his only blemish on the scorecard.
“I was really very happy with the way I played today tee to green,” he said. “It was really how you would hope to come out and play at any major, and especially the Masters. I was really solid.
“I hit one poor shot on 12, which obviously cost me a couple of shots. But very pleased to get off to a good start, and there’s no doubt winning the Masters last year had me a little more comfortable on the first tee than I’ve ever been in the past.
“I didn’t have the legs shaking and nerves jangling for six or seven holes like usual, so that was enjoyable for me today. But I’m very pleased with my opening round.”
Scott trails leader Bill Haas by a stroke. His second round on Friday begins at 1:48 p.m. ET with PGA champion Jason Dufner and U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.