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Golf: Scott, Watson anything but masters in US Open opening round

Published on Jun 13, 2014 5:04 PM
 
Adam Scott of Australia walks across the third hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. World No. 1 Adam Scott was far from his best in the first round of golf's US Open at Pinehurst on Thursday but managed to dig himself into a hole not quite as deep as twice Masters champion Bubba Watson. -- PHOTO: AFP

PINEHURST, North Carolina (REUTERS) - World No. 1 Adam Scott was far from his best in the first round of golf's US Open at Pinehurst on Thursday but managed to dig himself into a hole not quite as deep as twice 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 US Open in the same year.

"Today wasn't my day for ball-striking, so that's why I shot six-over," he told reporters, adding that some tee shots at Pinehurst do not set up well visually for him.

 
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