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'Calm' start pleases Scott

Adam Scott says that winning last year's Masters helped him to play with fewer nerves in the first round of this year's tournament.

The Australian carded an impressive three-under par 69 in his opening round at Augusta on Thursday, matching his 2013 first-round score.

Prior to his win 12 months ago, the 33-year-old admitted to struggling with nerves on the early holes at Augusta, but revealed he was far more composed this time around.

"Winning calms you down here," he said. "It was calmest start I've ever had here.

"It was a pleasure to be out there today. It was an honour having the patrons coming to every tee."

Scott was delighted with his round, which saw him card five birdies, with his only dropped shots coming courtesy of a double-bogey at the 12th.

"I played really well today from tee to green," he said. "I just hit one bad shot on the 12th but I played really lovely.

"I left a couple out there with three putts on the back but that happens when you are putting from range out here. I'm pleased with my start, though and it is something to build on for sure."

With reference to the challenge putting from range on the Augusta greens presents, he added: "It is frightening. The amount of break you have to play because you are hitting it so soft, it is unlike any place else.

"The adjustment you have to make or three days in practice is drastic from playing any other regular events. I am finding that after a few of my efforts today, but hopefully it will come good by the weekend."