After a week of festivities in Brisbane, The Open winner Adam Scott got off to a fast start in the Australian PGA, outdueling hometown favourite Cameron Smith.
Scott shot a five-under 66 on Thursday at Royal Queensland after being asked to tee off with Smith at 6 a.m. local time, the earliest tee time of his professional career. And it may have been much more effective.
The lone US Masters champion from Australia experienced a setback halfway through his inside nine holes with back-to-back bogeys after opening with five birdies in eight holes.
Even though it was really early, Scott saw that people were already arriving at the golf course as we were sort of making our way to the first tee.
Naturally, it’s wonderful that Cam is returning home to play after the year he had and our team had a solid squad. Ryan Fox has also performed admirably, and I’m just the third wheel. The fact that everyone wanted to come out and have a look this morning made for a terrific gathering to be a part of.
As a result of a hectic schedule of media and commercial activities and being named the Greg Norman Medal winner on Australian golf’s night of nights, Smith, in contrast, occasionally struggled through his front nine.
But in his first competition in Australia in three years, he ended with a frenzy of three birdies over his final four holes as large audiences watched him every move.
Australian PGA | Smith said, “I definitely felt a little fatigued this morning, just a little cloudy in my thoughts.” “I believe it was challenging for me to commit to taking pictures.” and truly focus outside.
“The week has been enjoyable, but it has been lengthy. I was really excited to return home and take a long snooze on Wednesday since I had the afternoon off. So I did that. And yesterday night I slept well. I believe I went there and took the necessary action.
The top two golfers from Australia were in a group with world No. 27 Ryan Fox (+1). Who just had a breakthrough season on the DP World Tour.
Fox, 35, struggled mightily with jet lag in the days leading up to the competition because of a frantic travel itinerary that saw him fly from Dubai to Auckland and then to Brisbane.