Scott, Watson anything but masters at U.S. Open
By Andrew Both
PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott was far from his best in the first round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst on Thursday but managed to dig himself into a hole not quite as deep as Masters champion Bubba Watson.
Australian Scott carded a three-over-par 73 that left him eight shots back of leader Martin Kaymer of Germany while American left-hander Watson was tied for 122nd after an error-strewn 76 on Pinehurst's No. 2 Course.
Watson needs a strong second round on Friday simply to make the halfway cut and keep alive any thoughts of becoming the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
"Today wasn't my day for ball-striking, so that's why I shot six-over," Watson told reporters, adding that some tee shots at Pinehurst do not set up well visually for him.
Scott, meanwhile, blamed his game around the greens for his mediocre score.
"I just put it down to my short game not being spot on today," he said.
Scott and Watson played together with South African Charl Schwartzel in a high-profile trio of Masters champions.
Schwartzel scored best with an even-par 70, but it is probably fair to say that it was Scott and world number three Watson who commanded most of the interest from the large gallery. Continued...