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Great Scott! Aussie ties course record at Open
Everything clicked for Australia's Adam Scott on the opening day of the British Open at Royal Lytham on Thursday.

The calm skies defied both the gloomy weather predictions and the wet English summer's track record so far, and Scott went about his business with a course record equaling 6-under 64.

''It was just like a nice walk in the park today,'' Scott said. ''And it was not what we've experienced in the practice rounds.

I'm sure there's going to be some weather elements thrown at us the next three days, so just going to have to knuckle down to handle that. But I'm confident. My ball striking is good. I think I can get it around no matter what the conditions are.''

Paul Lawrie, Zach Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts all shot 5-under 65s to keep the early pressure on Scott, while Tiger Woods was keeping track with a 67.

Rory McIlroy matched Woods with a 67 and got to grips with the course almost as well as he did with one supporter, accidentally plunking a teenage fan on the head with a skewed drive on the 15th.

Fortunately the fan was not seriously hurt and received a signed glove from the young Northern Irtish superstar.

"He could have headed it the other way,'' McIlroy joked later. ''It would have been on the fairway.''

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