I can't let McIlroy get away, says Scott after 68

Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:52pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - World number one Adam Scott was happy to keep championship leader Rory McIlroy in his sights as the Australian opened up with a four-under 68 in the British Open first round on Thursday.

Most of the day's better scores came in the calmer early conditions and Scott was one of the few to make a late run at the 25-year-old Northern Irishman.

"It was tougher this afternoon," he told reporters at Royal Liverpool. "The wind kicked up a bit and the back nine played very tough coming back.

"To keep pace with Rory is important. He has the potential to really put his foot down."

McIlroy's two previous major victories, in the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 U.S. PGA Championship, were both by runaway margins.

"I've seen him shoot lots of low rounds and there's nothing stopping him from doing that tomorrow either. I don't want him running away...he wins majors by eight shots," added Scott.

The genial Australian is looking to make it third time lucky in golf's oldest major after his agonizing second-place finish at Lytham in 2012 and a tie for third spot at Muirfield this time last year.

"This has been a big focus for everyone in my crew this year," said Scott. "We've had our minds on the other majors obviously but to win the Claret Jug is a huge thing."   Continued...

Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton