Scott dropped a shot at the last hole but, that aside, his round was again a continuation of the good form he has displayed for much of the season, a year in which he has improved from 41st to 17th in the world ranking and to the top of the Australians in the world ranking.
Scott was delighted to have made a fast start and not be behind the eightball as has so often been the case this year.
"Yeah, there was lots of good golf out there today," he said after his round. "I'm feeling good about it. Could have been better, so that's maybe a positive. Good start.
"You know, my goal this week was to try and keep pace with the leaders, so I haven't done too bad a job, even if someone shoots 8-under or something, I don't feel like I'm way behind on the first round like I have been most of the year."
Although Scott has not won an event anywhere in nearly three years, he has twice been runner-up in 2019 and appears to be peaking at just the right time given the looming riches of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.
Jason Day opened with a round of 2 under par 70 while for Marc Leishman he produced a round of 72 to be amongst the tail of the 69 player field.
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