Adam Scott has solid opening round in Masters title defense

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Adam Scott's opening 3-under 69 on Thursday matches the number he opened with on his way to winning the Masters in 2013.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 3:59 p.m.

As the old adage goes, you can't win the Masters on Thursday, but you can lose it.

Defending champion Adam Scott seems intent on winning, evidenced by his opening 3-under 69 that -- at the time of this post -- left him tied for third and just one stroke behind clubhouse leader Bill Haas.

Interestingly, 69 is the same number Scott shot in the first round when he won in 2013.

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If he's able to win again this year, Scott would become just the fourth player in history to successfully defend his Masters title.

Tiger Woods (2001, 2002), Nick Faldo (1989, 1990) and Jack Nicklaus (1965, 1966) are the only players to accomplish the rare feat. While there's still a long way to go in this, the 78th edition of the Masters, Scott certainly didn't do anything to hurt his chances.

He had five birdies on Thursday and one double bogey, which came on the par-3 12th hole, when he found Rae's Creek with his tee shot. He also had three-putt pars on the par-5 13th and 15th holes.

The 33-year-old Scott became the first Australian-born Masters winner a year ago and has finished in the top 10 in each of the last three years. Four of his last six major championship starts have yielded top-5 finishes.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.