The former World No. 1 opened with a 1-under 69 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth to share 44th place and has left himself plenty of work to do to secure a place in the US Open in three weeks’ time.
In order to do so, Scott, currently 61st in the world ranking, must be inside the top 60 by June 11th but if he is to avoid any pressure in that regard, and prepare for the second major of the year in the manner he wishes, he needs to perhaps finish inside the top 10 this week to ensure he has the cushion he requires.
He still has next week’s Memorial and the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis the following week as a fall-back option or, at worst, a visit to Sectional Qualifying.
Scott is seven shots behind Forth Worth leader Kevin Na but did end his round in style holing a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to creep into red figures.
The Queenslander leads the Australians; Rod Pampling and John Senden are the next best at 2 over par and tied for 88th.
Aaron Baddeley is 5 over and Cameron Smith a massive 9 over after his round of 79.
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