Adam Scott was scrambling to find his clubs for a dawn Australian PGA Championship start, but you wouldn’t have known.
The 2013 Masters champion was generally silky around Royal Queensland, a five under 66 enough for the club’s top spot ahead of Cameron Smith (68) on Thursday.
He maintained that for most of the day before Min Woo Lee, Jason Scrivener and John Lyras tracked him down to split the lead overnight at six under.
Scott had an early task for reunited caddy Steve Williams when he woke up for a 6am tee time and couldn’t find his bag.
Eventually recovered from their manager’s room, the duo were greeted by hundreds of early risers on the 10th tee in a marquee with Open Championship winner Smith and DP World Tour standout Ryan Fox (72).
“It was panic stations…Steve was kicking down doors,” Scott laughed about his morning search for clubs.
There were thousands following by the time they finished, with Scott believing he was the “third wheel” of the group despite the lunchtime rankings suggesting otherwise.
Sharp approach play led to four tap-in birdies in five holes either side of the bend, then, after back-to-back bogeys brought him back downfield, Scott’s putt earned him two more shots in the last three holes.
Scott asked for local advice on how to navigate Royal Queensland’s spectacularly hilly greens which feature rough flows, his decision to putt multiple times from the green paid off.
“The conditions couldn’t be better and you want to take advantage of it,” he said.
“I’m very happy with that, all the really solid stuff.
“I may have changed but I know he (Williams) doesn’t (change) so I knew what to expect and falling back into familiar routines was easy.”
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