British Open 2012: Former UNLV Golfer Adam Scott Leads By One Stroke After First Round

July 19, 2012; St. Annes, ENGLAND; Adam Scott looks at his ball in the rough on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

It is rare that golf gets any talk around here, but former UNLV golfer Adam Scott has the lead at the 2012 British Open after the first round and shot a 64, 6-under par which was one stroke off of tying for the lowest score in a major in golf history.

Even with that round, Scott leads a star studded top-10 by only one stroke over Zach Johnson, Nicholas Colsaerts and Paule Lawrie; then then three strokes back are Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson.

The weather really helped Scott have a good first round on Thursday:

"It's nice just to take advantage of the calm conditions today," Scott said. "It was surprising but very pleasing to go out and play some solid golf. It's what I haven't done the first rounds of the majors this year, and that was my goal here, really, starting the week was to play today like it was Sunday and there was no tomorrow.

"I did a good job of that, and now I've got my work cut out for me the next couple of days to keep myself in a similar kind of position."

The middle rounds are when Scott took of as he had eight birdies from the No. 4 to No. 16, and no bogies during that time. Scott could have set the lowest score at a major tournament with a birdie, but he bogied the 18th hole to settle for being one stroke off of history.

Scott is looking for his first major tournament win, and has the lead after the first round of a major tournament for the first time in his career.

If interested, or have the day off of work, Scott tees off at 8:43 a.m. ET time with coverage being on ESPN.

Here are highlights from the first round:


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