Hecklers no issue for Scott at US Open

Adam Scott was heckled by two drunk fans late in the first round at Pebble Beach but still got himself into US Open contention.

ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays a shot during the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia.
ADAM SCOTT of Australia plays a shot during the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Adam Scott says a couple of drunk hecklers who were booted from Pebble Beach by police were no distraction while he saved a late scorecard scare to stay in the mix after round one at the US Open.

Two intoxicated fans were yelling immediately after several of Scott's shots late in the round and prompted the caddie of Scott's playing partner, Matt Kuchar, to walk outside the ropes of the ninth hole (his 18th) and alert officials.

Police then escorted the two men and their beers off the iconic seaside course.

The two were heard yelling "golf nerd" at Scott and also remarking "nice bogey" after Scott had made par on the eighth hole.

But Scott says it was harmless and that he hardly noticed their behaviour.

"No, I don't think being called a 'golf nerd' is going to hurt my feelings too much," Scott joked to AAP after posting a one-under-par 70 to sit five shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Former world No.1 Scott said it had no bearing on a wildly errant tee shot on the ninth hole which was dangerously close to flying onto the beach on the right.

Scott hacked out to the fairway and then wedged on for his third, before making a momentum-saving par putt from 18 feet to ensure an under-par start to the US Open.

"It was never looking like a par after the tee shot, was it? But it was nice to hole that putt to shoot under par," Scott said.

"It was such a terrible drive off the last."

Despite the tee shot on No.9, Scott's ball-striking was solid - hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation while matching it with a good putting performance.

"Overall I played really good besides a couple bad wedge shots that had me scrambling on 18 and 1," Scott said about sloppy bogeys at the par-5 18th and par-4 first.

"But we've got 54 holes to play and you never know; I might be sitting on the winning score. You don't know how it's going to pan out."

Scott is off in the morning wave in Friday's second round and said a fast start would be crucial given the coastal poa annua greens will be easier to putt on.

"I need to come out and make some birdies in the first nine holes tomorrow," he said.

"Poa greens get bumpy in the afternoon but in the morning there will be opportunities to to hole more of them."


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