On an unusually calm weather day, Adam Scott came within one hole of becoming the first player to shoot a 62 in a major championship. But after a bogey on the final hole of his sterling round, he had to settle for a 6-under-par 64 and a one-stroke lead over Paul Lawrie and Zach Johnson. Scott’s mark equaled the lowest British Open score on the course, tying Tom Lehman’s third-round score when he won the tournament in 1996. Woods finished three shots back with a 67.
“I’m very pleased with the start,” said Scott, who has never won a major title. “Its nice to take advantage of the calm conditions today. It was surprising but very pleasing to go out and play some solid golf. It’s what I haven’t done in the first rounds of the majors this year, and that was my goal here, starting the week, was to play today like it was Sunday and there was no tomorrow.”
“I played well today,” Woods said after his round. “I got off to a sweet start, and kept hitting it well.”