NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Adam Scott is making his late decision to play the AT&T National look like a good one.
The Australian made a couple of long birdie putts and hit a 5-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the 14th hole on his way to a 4-under 66 on Thursday to share the lead with Hunter Haas.
Only 28 of the 120 players managed to break par at Aronimink, a course that most players said felt like a U.S. Open — only compared with this year, even tougher.
Former BYU golfer Dean Wilson, Joe Ogilvie, Jhonattan Vegas and Kyle Stanley were at 67, and Pat Perez, Justin Leonard and Robert Garrigus were in the group at 68.
Erik Compton, twice a heart transplant recipient who won the Mexico Open last week on the Nationwide Tour, opened with a 76 while playing his fifth week in a row.
FRENCH OPEN: At Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France, England's Graeme Storm and Australia's Richard Green shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the French Open. South Africa's George Coetzee, England's James Morrison and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen were a stroke back on Le Golf National's Albatross Course. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain is in contention at 71.