Scott on fire at Bay Hill

World number two Adam Scott (5/4 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational) was delighted to equal the course record at Bay Hill as he took a three-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He managed to equal Andy Bean’s and Greg Norman’s record after carding a 62 thanks to two eagles and seven birdies. His card was only blighted by one bogey as he eventually finished on 10-under-par.

Japan’s Ryo Ishikiwa (25/1 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational) was in form to finish in a tie for second on seven-under, with American John Merrick also joining him after the pair both scored 65.

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is a shot further back on six-under and Englishman Paul Casey has a fighting chance after finishing the first round on five-under.

Speaking after his flying start, Scott admitted he was delighted with his performance.

He said: “I made a lot of putts today, and a lot of putts from considerable length.

“I hit a lot of nice shots, too, but it wasn’t like I was hitting it four feet. I had a round like this in Australia at the end of last year – in the first six holes, I didn’t hit it outside five feet. There’s a lot of different ways to get the ball in the hole.

“But it’s good for the confidence. It’s what I wanted. I sat in here yesterday and said I’d like to make some birdies and build the confidence. And today is a good start to that.”

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