AUGUSTA, Ga. —
They were the only players to break 70, the fewest for an opening round at the Masters since 2007.
“No one is really going crazy out there in perfect, perfect conditions,” Graeme McDowell said after fighting to salvage a 72.
But there was something about the way Scott played that grabbed most of the attention on such a gorgeous spring day in the South. Golf has been waiting for a star to take control all year, even more without Tiger Woods at Augusta for the first time in 20 years because of back surgery.
Scott was in control of his emotions and his game all day — except for once.
Walking over to the heart of Amen Corner, the fans behind the 12th tee rose in unison to cheer the champ.
“The memory that will stick with me forever today was walking up to the 12th tee and everyone getting out of their seats as I approached there,” Scott said. “It was great, the level of respect that everyone has for this golf tournament and what happens here.
“But then,” he said with a smile, “I went and hit it in the water.”
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