| Adam Scott, on Thursday |
Shenzhen: Adam Scott will be making the headlines for all the right reasons after the Australian produced a spectacular finish to earn a share of the first-round lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament on Thursday.
A year ago, Scott found himself unwillingly involved in an uncomfortable situation when his caddie Steve Williams made a derogatory remark about his former employer, Tiger Woods, at a function in Shanghai prior to the third round.
Back in China for the final World Golf Championship event of the season, the 32-year-old let his clubs do the talking when he fired a seven-under 65 to join South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard.
Jeev Milkha Singh, using a third putter in as many weeks, continued to struggle on the greens as he managed only a level par 72 on the opening day. Jeev had two birdies against two bogeys at the Mission Hills Golf Club’s Olazabal course to end the day in tied 34th place. Jeev's compatriot and the man in form, Gaganjeet Bhullar carded one-over 73 and was further down in 46th place.
Jeev, who won the Scottish Open in July, kept burning the edges of the cup to end the day seven shots back but he remains patient and reckons the birdies will soon drop.
“It all comes down to the short stick. I'm hitting the ball well enough to do that. I hit the ball really well. I am just trying to get my short game going. I've changed my putter last three weeks three times. I'll just have to make sure I've got the right one. I’ve got to work on it mentally and build up on the trust,” he said.
Jeev, who is without his regular caddie Janet Squire third week, has tried the longer putters but did not feel comfortable enough with it to keep it in his golf bag.
“There is a score out there and the par fives are reachable. There are some good flags out there and the winds are swirling. It's a good test of golf. I've been pretty solid. Most of the rounds, I've been under par. I just need a low one.”
Bhullar, who did not have the privilege of playing a practice round due to his late arrival for the tournament, struggled to a 73. Like Singh, he failed to convert several birdie opportunities.
Bhullar, who has won twice this year said, “I struggled a bit with my putting. Maybe I wasn’t comfortable reading the lines. I struck the ball good, hit all fairways. I guess today was my first official round on the golf course. At least I have seen where to place the ball and hopefully tomorrow will be better.”