MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott shot a 67 in the first round of his Australian Masters title defense Thursday and was tied for second, two shots behind fellow Australian Nick Cullen.
No. 2-ranked Scott made a bogey on the par-4 eighth — his 17th hole of the day — at Royal Melbourne to drop to 4 under and grab a share of second place with Germany's Max Kieffer.
Scott won the Australian PGA last weekend at Royal Pines in his first home event since winning the Masters. He will team with Jason Day for Australia next week in the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, then play the Australian Open the following week at Royal Sydney.
"A 67 around here is a good score," Scott said. "It was a bit of a slow finish but it was a good way to open up.
"I felt like I left a couple out there, but my game was in pretty good shape other than that and four rounds like that might go a long way this week."
Left-hander Cullen eagled the par-4 11th, holing out from 65 yards with a 60 degree wedge. He followed with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 17th to open a three-stroke lead at 7-under but came back to the field with a bogey on 18.
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