The Australian made 15 pars in his round of one-under 69, finishing with a birdie at 18.
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Scott was even par coming to the eighth, and had just 53 metres to the hole with his third shot, giving him a good chance at birdie.
But the Australian came up fractionally short with his wedge, catching the slope on the front of the green. The 41-year-old then had no option but to watch the ball roll back almost to where he played it from.
He actually had 58 metres to the pin with his fourth shot, meaning he went backwards with his third.
From there he did well to save par, hitting a nice fourth shot to just under a metre and making the putt.
Scott’s round of 69 was in no small part due to his scrambling, given he hit only nine of 18 greens in regulation.
“It could have been three-over par and it could have been three-under par,” Scott told Australian Golf Digest. “But I’ll take one-under. At a US Open, you take anything under par.”
Of the other Australians, Marc Leishman is at even par, Todd Sinnott +1, Cameron Smith +2, Min Woo Lee +3, Lucas Herbert +4 and Jed Morgan +12.
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