Scott wows the Sydney crowds with sizzling 62

Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:26am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Adam Scott revived memories of Greg Norman's glory days when he wowed the Sydney crowds with a brilliant 10-under-par 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The world number two, who managed what even Norman failed to do in his celebrated career by winning the U.S. Masters earlier this year, smashed the course record by three shots as he continued his celebratory tour of his homeland.

The Australian public were queuing up to get into the Royal Sydney Golf course soon after dawn on a beautiful sunny morning and Scott, who started his round at 7.10am local time, did not let them down.

A packed gallery watched as Scott picked up shots at each of his first six holes then added four more birdies on his last four holes for a blemish-free round that he said ranked with the best of his career.

"It was a really good start and a nice little course record to have at Royal Sydney," Scott told reporters.

"I've felt there was a good round in me for four weeks and finally I threw it out there today."

Scott's previous rounds on his month-long trip back home have not been bad either, winning him the Australian PGA, Australian Masters and third place in Melbourne last weekend to help his country claim the World Cup of Golf.

Compatriot Jason Day finished first at the World Cup but could only watch on Thursday as his playing partner gave a masterclass of golf.   Continued...

Australia's Adam Scott (R) shakes hands with playing partner and fellow countryman Jason Day after they finished their first rounds of the Australian Open golf tournament at Royal Sydney Golf Club November 28, 2013. U.S. Masters champion Scott confirmed his remarkable form by carding a course record 10-under-par 62 in the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday. REUTERS/David Gray