Adam Scott takes first round lead as The Open champion Cameron Smith produces late flurry to climb into contention at Royal Queensland

Adam Scott made a blistering start to the Australian PGA, shading local hero Cameron Smith as The Open champion fought his way into contention after a week-long celebration in Brisbane.

Asked to start his first round at 6am local time alongside Smith – the earliest tee time of his professional career – Scott burst out of the blocks at Royal Queensland to fire a five-under 66 on Thursday. And it could have even been better.

Australia’s only US Masters champion had a blip midway through his inward nine with consecutive bogeys but had earlier posted five birdies in eight holes.

Smith, by…

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